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Report of the local pilot workshops

Venue: Babinski Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital in Cracow

Date: 2nd March 2018

Leader: Maria Schejbal

Please present your own experience in the most instructive, simple and clear way.

 

  1. Please present the characterization of the group and the participants (Special attention to the participants facing social obstacles, disability, economic obstacles, educational difficulties, cultural differences . How many would fall into this category? Which types of difficult situation are these participants facing?)

13 psychiatric daycare outpatients (9 male + 4 female psychiatric daycare outpatient (1 asleep most of the time)+ 1 participating volunteer (assisting the leader). Only 6 (5+1 adequately) of the above mentioned were present and active at the end of this session.

  1. Please describe the pilot workshops (The working process in detail divided into each session. Description of the venue, materials, tools, etc.)

The session was ment as an enriched continuation of the previous one, but due to the rapidly worsened condition (hospitalization) of the main person of the 1st scene the scenario was changed.

The 1st scene was omitted and replaced by a new one, involving all animators in some sound/movement opening activity (noisy crumpling big sheets of paper that are utilized to screen the initial scene at its beginning). The rest of the team, (spectators) were given the role of the choir monotonously naming/commenting activity of the puppet with one word (“goes”) murmured (in Polish, of course) repeatedly.

The 2nd and 3rd scenes from the previous session continued supplemented  by the girlish puppet of the participant absent from previous session.

X., the author/sole character of the 3rd scene, showed further progress deciding to present his healing process. The refugee to the black island of total isolation after a while of rest freed himself from needles piercing his head and expressed his need for somebody’s presence and help in leaving the island.

 

  1. Please present the most interesting/representative case studies of adults participating to the workshop

A girl, who felt unable to identify her obstacle, so had not got the core object to built her scene around it, announced: I myself am the greatest obstacle of me.

In the process of constructing the final scenario of the spectacle, that is to be a stage conclusion of the puppetry workshop, her puppet appeared twice (in 2 of three scenes) in a similar role: active, colourful girl whose appearance  successively attracts attention of 2 stage personages, broken either by deceptive addiction or by unbearably painful life. The girlish puppet technically chains 2 scenes together and, in a more metaphoric sense, shows that obstacle recognized and felt (“me as my worst enemy”) may be quite differently seen from the outside by the audience.

  1. Please define clearly the motivation mechanisms and learning approaches used during the workshop

People so differently disturbed need individual approach considering their unique problem

  1. Take what is available at the moment (animating puppet instead of acting)- see the advantages of not planned course of events, unexpected enriched experience, a new point of view.
  2. Overcoming own obstacles step by step (what is unbearable, out of reach can be slowly transformed into attainable).
  3. Taking opportunity instead of defending safety which is actually not at risk: we are together – a good, supportive, trustworthy team with a common goal to achieve: our very own performance of the stories that need to be told to:
  • help us to look at our problem from a distance
  • to relieve our burdens by sharing them
  • to get understanding and support
  • to rehearse building better scenarios for real life
  • to regain satisfaction and control of own life.

Fear of being watched by the others. What is the crown of the effort for the ordinary performers can be scary for the mentally disturbed. Solution/ proposal for the puppet animators: hide behind the puppet (it is puppet, not me, who performs).

 

  1. Please write your comments/evaluation from the trainer’s point of view

Unrestrained flexibility required to adjust adequate solutions to participants abilities and needs and to moderate their conflicted ideas and the whole process, overcoming shortages of participant’s commitment or even attention

Not enough time to complete a properly rehearsed performance (at least 1-2 more than 9 sessions required)

Regular attendance from the beginning would be a great help as well as undisturbed working space (the one used was walk-through and rather small).  

Closer cooperation with therapeutic team would be more beneficial and providing stronger impact for all involved. Again: more time for the project needed.

 

  1. Please describe any interesting point of view of the participants relevant to the piloting

Citations:

– Here is better than at home

  • I am the greatest obstacle of myself.
  • I can slowly overcome my reservations, fears and anxieties. Every repeated action is easier than it seemed at first attempt.

 

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