Free online training in creative debate techniques

Join Odd Eyes Theatre for this free online workshop and keep your skills and your motivation strong to be ready to get back on the game. When this is all over, artists will need more than ever to amplify individual’s voices, create meaningful exchange, and empower the most vulnerable in our communities.


Posted: 04/02/2020

“Empathy is the most powerful weapon”

Augusto Boal

Our theatres may be closed, and our audiences may need to stay home, but as artists and practitioners we can use this time to develop and grow.

What is Creative Debate?

Using theatre and film to spark conversation, Creative Debate equips you with the tools to facilitate debates and explore complex themes with a range of participants. Developed by Emilia Teglia, founder of Odd Eyes Theatre, in her work with young people, migrants and refugees, including speakers of English as second language, and participants with special education needs (SEND). the goal of this technique is to support participants to gain confidence in expressing their views, creating a safe environment for unprejudiced dialogue and ultimately liberating and empowering people.

How it works

The techniques develop directly from Forum Theatre. The group is called to listen to a story, watch a film, a play or a piece of news relevant to real events. After sharing in the experience as spectators, participants engage in facilitated debate and identify issues directly relevant to their own experience. The group is then called to create a new work – a scene, a play or a short film based on their personal views and experience –in response to the original story.

Who is it for

This course will be particularly useful for:

  • Artists working in participatory art projects
  • Artists engaged with young people and vulnerable groups
  • Teachers
  • Activists

 This course might also be useful for anyone interested in creative ways of engaging and supporting vulnerable people and anyone interested in using art for social change.

Find out more here.


PM Dates: 15,22,29 April (Wednesday)   FULL – please get in touch to join the reserve list 
Time: 15 April: 18.00 – 19.30; 22 and 29 April: 18.00 -19.00

AM Dates: 16,23,30 April (Thursday)      3 PLACES AVAILABLE
Time: 16 April: 10.30 – 12.00; 23 and 30 April: 10.30 -11.30

FREE thanks to Arts Council England support

Enrol: please contact with your google email including a short introduction about your professional and education background and how you are hoping to use the skills gained through this programme.

NOTE: places are limited to keep the sessions engaging for all attendants.

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