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TEFO X Chris Cooper Educational Drama Lab

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TEFO X Chris Cooper Educational Drama Lab (4 days)

**A minimum group size of 12 is needed to launch the lab.
**Please register by 22/6 (Friday) if you are interested!

Process Drama, Conventional Approach to drama and Theatre-in-Education are common techniques in drama education practice. Each approach serves particular educational objectives and creates different learning experiences. TEFO plans to invite Chris Cooper, the known British drama and education expert, to facilitate a four-day educational drama laboratory workshop. The laboratory aims to create a co-learning platform for exploring the characteristics of the above-mentioned three educational drama genres through practice.

** TEFO would like to ensure that there are enough participants before we confirm to launch the lab. Interested practitioners are invited to register online on or before June 22, 2018. Once the lab is confirmed, TEFO will notify you regarding the payment arrangement. **

Over the four days, Chris will lead the participants to:
- Experience how three educational drama genres, including Living Through Approach, Conventional Approach, and Theatre-in-Education will be applied using the same set of materials;
- Study the relationship, similarities and differences of these three genres;
- Explore the key concepts on Bondian approach to drama (such as center, site, extreme, theatre event, nothingness, invisible object, etc.)

【Lab Overview】
Day 1: Experience a "Process Drama (Living Through Apporach)"
Participants are invited to take part in a living through drama and experience the "metaxis" effect mentioned by Gavin Bolton and David Davis. The purpose in this phase is to build a common experience and language for the further discussion in the following workshops.

Day 2: Experience the same drama context through “Conventional Approach”
Participants will go through the same dramatic material in the first day by applying "Conventional Approach". Drama experience will be re-structured in a distanced dramatic framework. Different conventions will be used to connect the story. Compare to the learning experience in the previous day, participants will investigate how these two genres created different learning experience. This phase aims to help participants explore critically the features of using Conventional Approach in drama education.

Day 3: Devise a TIE play by using the same dramatic material
Based on the first day experience, Chris will organise a TIE script for the third day. Using the script, participants will explore the Bondian approach to drama, such as the concepts of invisible objects, extreme, site, center, theatre event, nothingness and other key Bondian concepts. From the perspective of actor-teacher in TIE, the participants will look into and discuss the differences in these three genres.

Day 4: Compare the experience of three different techniques
On the last day, participants will compare three different approaches in drama education. Through the group discussion and reflection, Chris will lead the group to think about a new educational drama/theatre approach proposed by David Davis in his book “Imagining the Real”.

Date: 30/9 - 3/10/2018 (Sunday to Wednesday)
Time: 09:30 - 16:30 (A total of 24 hours; exclude one-hour lunch time each day)
Remarks: The workshop will be conducted in English
People with experience in drama education or applied theatre are preferred

1) Early Bird Price (pay on or before 30/6/2018):
TEFO member: HKD $3,800/person
Non-members: HKD $4,200/person

2) Regular Price (pay after 30/6/2018):
TEFO member: HKD $4,400/person
Non-members: HKD $4,800/person
Group application (two people or more): HKD $4,300/person

【Application Procedures】
Please complete the online registration form by 22/6/2018 (Fri).
1. TEFO will confirm whether or not the lab can be successfully launched on or before 22/6/2018 (Friday). If we confirm to launch the lab, registrants will receive a notification via email regarding payment arrangement.
2. After receiving the payment notification, registrant shall complete the payment by 30/6/2018(Saturday) to confirm the place. If registrant fails to complete the payment by the deadline, regular price will be charged.

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Enquiries: Miss Chong (+852 2392 2380/

[Facilitator Profile: Chris Cooper]
Chris is international director of Jian Xue International Education and Culture Institute in China, director of Accident Time and Play Lab in United Kingdom. As an actor, playwright and director, Chris has worked in Theatre-in-Education since 1988. He was the artistic director of the internationally renowned Big Brum Theatre-in-Education Company from 1999 to 2015. In the past 17 years, Chris has wrote more than 30 plays, directed 38 Theatre-in-Education projects and many other cooperative drama/theatre projects. He has also directed three important plays written by Edward Bond, the important playwright in contemporary world.

Chris has been teaching internationally in different countries included China, Hungary, Malta, Greece, Norway, Malaysia and Ireland. He is the tutor of TIE at Summer School of Trinity College in Ireland. Chris has been consolidating his observations and reflections in past 30 years drama education experience. He has been deeply influenced by Edward Bond's theatre approaches. He strives to find a new direction for drama education, and how to bring it responds to the current global situation.

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