Module 25 – Applied Drama for Facilitation

Module 25 – Applied Drama for Facilitation

Bor Nok Beach (AU Yi-Man, Heaven Hong & team )

16th-20th February 2019 (5 days)


Applied Drama is the use of drama practice in an educational, community or therapeutic context. Participants in an applied drama are generally not skilled as actors, but are brought together by common concerns. It is a collaborative process of investigation, research, trial and error, negotiation and dialogue. You will be trained to be able to use theatre and drama strategies and techniques to facilitate and serve the needs of diverse communities and audience you are working with.

Module Description:

In this module, students will be introduced to a range of applied theatre and drama education approaches including community-building exercises and theatre games, image theatre, process drama, short forum and collective playmaking exercise. Throughout the experiential workshops, participants will examine the various elements of drama and key concepts that inform this approach to work. The interactive form of applied drama uses physical imagery and improvisation creating a space for people to express themselves and to listen each other, to build a platform for community dialogue. It is an experiential way for people learning by doing. The rationale of effective applying drama approach is embedded along with practices of deep listening and theatrical artistry. Each day builds on the knowledge and experience acquired in the previous day, the participants will develop more in-depth understanding of the components of using applied drama as pedagogy and transformation agent.

Module Objectives:

This module aims at developing participants’ understanding of the key purposes and processes of various genres of applied drama. Through practically exploration on different forms, participants will be engaged in exploring social change through personal change, as also to experience a new dimension of self-learning and discovery. Notions of participation, empowerment, critical pedagogy, progressive education, dialogic process, therapeutic processes will be mentioned in the leaning process. Based on this practical experience and supported with relevant readings, key concepts and theoretical assumptions that inform applied drama will be explored and discussed.

This module also aims to help participants develop an understanding of how drama is applied by using different materials and how it can be linked to explore social issues. Through practical workshop experiences, participants will activate their innate abilities to communicate with and through our bodies. It opened spaces for dialogue, internally and externally. It will also develop their skills in develop skills in creating and sustaining roles, learn about the elements of drama and how they are managed to create meaning.


Day One: Theatre Games and Exercises

Day Two: Image Theatre and its application

Day Three: Story and Process Drama

Day Four and Five: Forum and Play building Exercises


AU Yi-man is an applied theatre/drama education practitioner, trainer and researcher. She received her PhD from University of Melbourne and Master Degree in Applied Drama from University of Exeter. She has been involved in more than a hundred projects on applied theatre/drama education both in educational and community settings. Working with various participants at different age as well as different backgrounds like school teachers, NGO workers, factory workers, people with mentally challenges, medical staff and young offenders. She is Advisor of Art Education Committee of Hong Kong Arts Development Council, Specialist Advisor of Drama Education Research Centre and Honorary Advisor of the Applied Drama and Expressive Arts Education Center at Beijing Normal University. She is Executive Director of Hong Kong Drama/Theatre and Education Forum.

TU Hong (Heaven) is an experienced facilitator and trainer in participatory learning and decision making. She focuses on facilitator training and writing on mindfulness, self awareness, participatory methodologies and collective leadership. She is also building up a facilitator network to connect and understand structures better and act more holistically.