Laughing Allowed! The Slapstick World of Neighbourhood Activism
In the fall of 2014, a group of people in Victoria, Canada who shared both an interest in their neighbourhood and a quirky sense of humourwere brought together to explore a question: Could they turn their experiences of the ups and downs of neighbourhood leadership, activism and volunteering into physical comedy sketches?
This guide, which is featured in the BC Healthy Community's Learning Centre, describes a project in which participants were trained in theatre and physical comedy techniques over six weeks and collaboratively developed a show called Laughing Allowed! The Slapstick World of Neighbourhood Activism.
The one-night-only performance drew one hundred and fifty audience members, most of whom stayed for a focused conversation afterwards to explore the show’s themes.
Laughing Allowed! was such a success that the facilitators developed this guide to support and encourage others to develop similar creative projects that can help increase neighbourhood resilience by combining timely and locally-relevant issues with participatory research and physical comedy.
Posted August 8, 2016