Experiential learning, using theatrical and live, interactive drama-based methods, is at the heart of many of our programmes and interventions. It is a powerful means to help organisations engage their staff and improve how they work in a sustained and meaningful way.
Our live theatre reflects real life situations and uses facilitators to interact and engage with the participants. Project teams are selected to suit individual clients ensuring we provide you with the very best quality and experience. Scripts are shaped from interviews, research and climate assessment to ensure they are authentic and accessible. Our delivery teams immerse themselves in the research and script to deliver a truly realistic performance, getting under the skin of an organisation’s culture.
Drama-based training in action
Our experienced team can blend a number of techniques and approaches to suit your desired outcomes, including:
- Business theatre – a live theatrical experience is an excellent way of communicating directly with an audience, encouraging empathy and engagement. A play is not a piece of propaganda – it mirrors reality in your organisation, involving recognisable issues and challenges. Fantastic for reaching large numbers of people and communicating complex messages.
- Forum theatre – a highly interactive and safe way of exploring issues using actors directed by the audience. Lively discussions follow a scripted scene with delegates stepping into their characters shoes and learning to develop empathy and practice new skills in a safe environment (a huge improvement on role play!).
- Corporate drama and monologues – researched in your organisation to reflect real issues, real people and real challenges.
- Hotseating – delegates have the opportunity to speak to the characters from the scenario to ‘unpick’ issues, probe them to improve understanding, build empathy and develop appropriate communication styles.
What are the benefits of this approach?
- Interactivity: experiential learning involves participants in a way that classroom training never can.
- Explore difficult issues: these can be generic or specific to an organisation.
- A non-threatening, safe environment: to reflect on their participants’ own and others’ behaviour.
- Engagement of all the senses: a key advantage over lectures and classroom-based learning.
- Sustained impact on behaviour: lessons are better learned through experience. Experiential training is has a sustained impact on behaviour, attitudes and performance.
- Cost effective: drama-based training, can deliver a powerful and meaningful experience for large numbers at a time.
HR Director, Arriva plc