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Volume 1, Issue 2
  • ISSN: 2049-3010
  • E-ISSN: 2049-3029



In the context of a touring sexual health programme, this study explores the significance of shifting from a traditional transmission form of theatre in education to an applied theatre approach to pedagogy. This shift is particularly relevant when working with sensitive issues for adolescents. Applied theatre encourages students to move from the passive role of spectator and engage emotionally with the fictional world through action. Within this programme, students are encouraged to question the motives and attitudes of the characters and events presented. They investigate and unpack possibilities, and finally offer advice; in doing so, they may make relevant connections to their own lives, issues and relationships. The work values the students’ developing emotional intelligence and the knowledge that they bring to learning; it also gives students a voice and reinstates classroom dialogue.


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Keyword(s): applied theatre; emotional intelligence; pedagogy; sexual health
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