Experiential learning, using theatrical and interactive drama-based methods, is at the heart of almost all 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.
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.
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.
Why drama-based training? Our clients will tell you…
HR Director, Arriva plc
Gloucestershire County Council
Beth Tregunna, Accenture