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The Art of Facilitation

Training for theatre and drama-based workshop facilitators

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This one-day training offers delegates a space to reflect upon their creative practice, explore some of Geese’s methodology and consider some of the challenges associated with the facilitation of theatre and drama-based work across a range of community settings, with both adults and young people.

Throughout the session, delegates participate in a series of practical exercises which invite them to reflect on the experience of being a group participant whilst considering some of the essential skills of facilitation. Delegates are introduced to Geese’s work with mask as a way of exploring the different behaviours and dynamics that can manifest in group settings.

Andy facilitates training at Roundhouse

The Art of Facilitation is designed for theatre and drama practitioners working across a range of settings including those working with young people in both formal and informal settings and adults in a range of community settings. The training offers practical hints and tips and a space to consider how to develop your facilitation skill-set.

Some of the key themes explored throughout the day include:

  • The importance of establishing a safe(r) space
  • The role of play
  • Structures for processing experiential exercises
  • Working at one-step removed (fiction) v personal level
  • Principles of good co-working practice
  • The use of the question and structures for different types of question
  • Co-creation and power inequalities
  • Group dynamics and working with resistance

Sessions can be tailored to suit the needs of a range of facilitators working in the arts and social justice sectors.

The Art of Facilitation is delivered by either Andy Watson, our Artistic Director, or Louise Heywood, our Director of Programmes. They both have over 25 years’ experience facilitating theatre and drama-based projects in custodial and community settings.

  • “An excellent session. The quality of the facilitation was outstanding and the techniques and exercises shared felt very applicable to our work with young people. Thank you for a stimulating and inspiring day.”

    – Lucy Nicholls, Education Programme Manager, Roundhouse
  • “I found the study of mask wearing invaluable – especially regarding conflict. This course has given me more confidence in dealing with young people opting out of exercises.”

    – Participant
  • Andy was very engaging and knew how to adapt to everyone’s needs and interest. The workshop was extremely well led and easily digested. Everything was useful from discussions to mask work.

    – Participant, Birmingham REP Foundry Programme, 2023
  • I came into the space with no expectations and wanted to experience the workshop with fresh eyes. I was extremely happy with what I experienced.

    – Participant, Birmingham REP Foundry Programme, 2024
  • Examples of tried, tested and successful exercises to help build group trust and also to introduce more complex themes and to get participants actively engaging in creative activities. I could do a full week of training and still not want it to end.

    – Participant, Dante or Die Theatre Company training day

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