FearNot! – An Emergent Narrative Approach to Virtual Dramas for Anti-bullying Education
Overview of the FearNot! system for demonstration.
FearNot! is a story-telling application originally created in the EU FP5 project VICTEC and now extended in the FP6 project eCIRCUS [eCIRCUS 07]. It has applied ideas from Forum Theatre [Boal 79] to the domain of education against bullying. In Forum Theatre, sections of an audience take responsibility for a specific character in the unfolding drama, played by an actor who always stays in role. Episodes in which the actors improvise within an overall narrative framework are broken by interaction sections in which the audience sections talk over with ‘their’ character what they should do in the next dramatic segment. The actor is free to reject advice that seems incompatible with their role, and may also suspend a dramatic episode if it seems necessary to get further advice.
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