Laughter in the Dark: ethical aspects of drama education
Kempe, A. (2011) Laughter in the Dark: ethical aspects of drama education. In: Drama to Inspire: a London Drama Guide to excellent practice in drama for young people. Trentham Books, Stoke on Trent, pp. 10-20. ISBN 9781858564760
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This chapter considers two questions. Firstly, in what ways might drama be an effective medium through which to explore difficult and sensitive issues that concern teenagers? And secondly, what ethical questions surround the use of drama to explore such issues? A practical workshop on teenage suicide is used as a platform for a discussion on the use and implications of different drama strategies and the role of humour as a critical lens and distancing device. The work of actual teenagers is used to illustrate the effectiveness of the techniques in both raising awareness and facilitating both critical and creative responses to the delicate issue explored in the workshop.
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