Although there are many aspects to considering gender, in these videos we only select the male/female dichotomy. We realise there are other states and definitions and we invite youth workers to use and adapt the videos as they see fit.
We have always viewed theatre as learning space, in which people co-create meaning and generate models of being human. In the theatre space, practitioners and audience are imaginers – each group is engaged in the exercise of their imagination and in the discovery of what it means to be free. Similarly, in a youth project, groups of individuals come together to create meaning, using a different set of tools perhaps, but also aiming to understand themselves and their world better so that they can be liberated within it.
So, in our workshops we are moving the focus away from the idea that ‘social
suffering’ or marginalisation, or exclusion, or difference, is an individual’s fault.
We’re trying to look at it in a wider, systemic way. Our workshops on gender aim ultimately to raise awareness of structures of power so that young people can begin to influence systems; articulate their political point of view; and try and change the culture, as opposed to changing themselves.
Using Poetry To Explore Gender