Seminar 2 Video Clips
This page of our WordPress site contains video clips of specific proceedings from our Seminar #2.
Principally, the clips show the five sketches or scenes acted out by members of Inform Theatre. It should be underlined that, while the organisers of the Seminar Series specified the broad underlying theme to be investigated through each sketch, the precise manner in which it was translated into a sketch – the ‘writing’, casting and performing of the sketch – was almost entirely in the hands of Inform Theatre (with some advisory input from Ed Hall). The organisers are massively in the debt of Inform Theatre, therefore, for so brilliantly making this translation from broad theme to an intelligible sketch. The insights and questions contained in the sketches will hopefully be readily apparent from the clips, but for the organisers the success of the sketches was also manifested in how they clearly gave shape and focus to the activities that followed (as described and illustrated in Summary Seminar 2). Ideally, we would ask visitors to the site to consider both of these pages in tandem).
Please note too that the first clip also contains the introduction to the whole event, which could be of some use in understanding more about the organisers’ vision and methods. This introduction is then followed by the first sketch. Please note that the last clip is a little different again, as explained below.
Introduction and Sketch 1:
Following the introduction to the whole event, the underlying theme for the sketch that follows is: How do people get themselves heard (through what media and by which routes) and do they feel that anyone is listening? Inform Theatre elected to explore the specific question of “Do you feel your voice is heard?”, and so illustrated the classic case of someone with learning disabilities consistently having their experience, concerns and possible treatment described and decided by other people.
The underlying theme for this sketch is: What happens if people cease to be assessed as learning disabled (and what will be the implications of losing benefits, support and services)? Inform Theatre elected to explore the specific question of “Do you know anyone who has had their funding or services cut?” by illustrating the case of someone learning of their benefit cuts, and their dawning realisation of what it means in terms of their everyday ‘quality of life’ (in what they can access, where they can go, who they can spend time with, etc.).
The underlying theme for this sketch is Who fills the ‘gaps’ in people’s support and service needs (and what is the balance between formal and informal provisions)? Inform Theatre elected to explore the specific question of “What are your main sources of care and support?” by exploring exactly who can indeed fill the ‘gap’ in assisting someone – maybe someone who has learned of cuts to their benefits – to maintain their ‘quality of a life’.
The underlying theme for this sketch is Who makes decisions about a person’s life, what level of autonomy do and can people possess, and what are the connections to matters of ‘risk’ and ‘protection’? Inform Theatre elected to illustrate the complex issue of “Choice and Constraint?” by depicting the not uncommon case of someone asking if there is any chance of them living independently, and being constantly rebuffed.
The underlying theme for this sketch is What does all of this mean for ‘being different’ and ‘being the same’? Inform Theatre elected to tackle head-on the question of “Are we all the same?” by illustrating the many ways in which ‘we’ – all of us – can both differ from one another but also have much in common, as well as hinting at the caution needed about assuming that all of ‘us’ can easily be ‘the same’ in all circumstances.
This final clip does not contain a sketch, but rather comprises an audio-visual record of the final discussion – with everybody involved, although you can only see Ed Hall, Chris Philo and the feedback wall-sheets where we are scribbling down words to capture what people are saying – leading into final thank-yous. It also is also possible here to see some of the wonderful artwork brought along by Garvald. Photographs of the feedback wall-sheets, together with some commentary, can be found elsewhere on this WordPress site.