MIND uses drama as a tool to strengthen the public voices of marginalised groups in society. Rather than bringing in external drama troupes with pre-fixed plays, MIND equips target group members with skills and techniques to frame their own stories and perform their own plays. The resulting drama productions are powerful tools to spark public dialogue, as the plays have been built by peers who know by experience where the shoe pinches most.
Participants in MIND's drama capacity building activities acquire the following skills and techniques:
- Storyline development
- Participatory research
- Acting & stage techniques
In the dramatised context of a play, people generally feel safe to spontaneously act/react and freely express their thoughts and feelings. This makes participatory drama a particularly powerful medium for tackling sensitive matters such as taboo-related topics, conflict situations, and inequalities based on gender, ethnicity, or religion.
MIND's participatory drama productions are powerful tools to engage people in dialogue and problem analysis. Participants learn how to engage audience members in dialogue through questions like: do you recognise what happened in this play? What would you advise the lead character to do? What could we ourselves do to prevent such situations in future? This dialogue forms the springboard to the next pursued step: participatory action planning.