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Change and Continuity in Applied Theatre: Lessons Learnt from ‘the Longest Night’

  • Celina McEwen
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Part of the Landscapes: the Arts, Aesthetics, and Education book series (LAAE, volume 22)

Abstract

This chapter presents an examination of how participation in applied theatre projects can engender change and continuity. Using Bourdieu’s field theory, I discuss the tensions that exist between the rhetoric of social change and outcomes for participants in applied theatre projects. In particular, I draw on findings from a longitudinal study of an exemplary Australian applied theatre project, The Longest Night. This study revealed that, though participants experienced some immediate change, the longer-term outcomes resembled permanence and gave an overwhelming sense of continuity. I argue that this is because this set of practices indirectly limits change as practitioners operate within a system that tends to contain their practice, product and impact, as well as reproduce legitimised social and cultural values and norms.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Celina McEwen
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  1. 1.School of Education and Social WorkThe University of SydneySydneyAustralia

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