UCL School of Life and Medical Sciences


Research Culture Theatrical Workshops

As part of UCL's Enhancing Research Culture Initiative, the Academic Careers Office presents a series of interactive theatrical workshops.

Adrian Jackson, MBE, founder of Cardboard Citizens Theatre Company, will lead a workshop based on Augusto Boal’s Theatre of the Oppressed – a participatory methodology for looking at issues of concern to any given community. Theatre of the Oppressed is a school of theatre-making for catalysing societal, political and personal change through theatre, with particular application to communities experiencing oppression. This work is open to all, allows for all opinions, and is not confined at all to people interested in theatre. Adrian will come fresh from workshops using the same techniques with sociologists at the University of Auckland and with medical ethicists at the University of Tubingen.

Commissioned by UCL, the project seeks to make a piece of theatre to focus discussions around life at the university, looking at the challenges faced by all. Over the course of two hours each, the workshops will offer a glimpse of this embodied learning methodology and a space to share stories of university life in 2022. The conversations, recollections and outcomes of the workshops will all be fed into future resources to help us manage the selected contexts (any and all information given by participants will be kept anonymous).

The workshops will cover three different topics that we have identified as being of significant importance in the university context:

  1. How to have effective Interdisciplinary and Intercultural Collaborations : Monday 14th November, 14:00pm-16:00pm
  2. How to navigate instances of Bullying and Harassment: Tuesday 15th November, 10:30am-12:30pm
  3. What additional support should be given to students from marginalised backgrounds: Wednesday 16th November, 14:00pm-16:00pm

We encourage academics, PhD students, undergraduates, professional services and everyone in between to attend.

All the workshops will be taking place in Maple House Boardroom, Suite 1A, Maple House, 149 Tottenham Court Road, London W1T 7NF.

Any questions, please do get in touch with Alex Teale via a.teale@ucl.ac.uk