I’ve recently been awarded a Winston Churchill Fellowship to spend time with organisations that are using forum theatre with marginalised young people around the world. The trip aims to strengthen and develop the practice of students and arts practitioners working with marginalized young people in the UK. I hope to create a network of young people who are using forum theatre around the world to explore some of the challenges in their lives.

I’m heading to the U.S and to Brazil for 6 months in total and hope to be back in the UK next April.  For the last couple of years I’ve been running a forum theatre project in schools in East London.  The programme specifically targets young people who are beginning to show signs of disengaging from mainstream education and/or are at risk of becoming disaffected, aiming to improve general levels of engagement.  The project directly explores behavior, dealing with conflict and challenges and providing a space for participants to look at some of the barriers in their lives. I’m currently in the process of looking at ways of continuing the work into next year and beyond, potentially on a national and international level and hope to use the Winston Churchill trip as a platform for this…

Looking to get in touch with individuals or organisations that might be interested in the project, specifically in the UK, USA and Brazil.

Let me know if you need any more info at danboyden@googlemail.com

Thanks, Dan Boyden