|dc.description.abstract||In the book Performing Communities, Bill Rauch, Artistic Director of US-based
Cornerstone Theater Company, is quoted as saying:
You cannot predict what art changes. You’re naïve if you think you know
you’re going to change the world with the art you create. It’s equally naïve and
irresponsible even to acknowledge that art changes the world …
(Leonard and Kilkelly, 2006, p. 72).
Although I do not argue the impossibly extreme position that art can ‘change the
world’ I disagree with the basic tenet behind Rauch’s comment. As a theatre-maker
who for many years has created dramatic experience which has the express
intention of bringing about change, I am convinced that, when shaped, targeted
and delivered in particular ways, theatre and other forms of drama excite change.
In order to achieve this, the dramatic intervention must consist of artistic output of
the highest quality embedded in relevant pedagogic, sociological and dramatic
approaches. The trick is to balance efficacy with artistic merit.
This article examines the theoretical underpinnings for this kind of drama and
theatre and provides examples of this work in action.||en_GB