Plato and Applied Theatre

Reading Plato’s dialogues I came across this in the forward by W.H.D Rouse:

“Socrates himself described his object as that of a midwife, to bring other men’s thoughts to birth, to stimulate them to think and to criticise themselves, not to instruct them.”

More and more I see the power of non didactic learning through forms of applied theatre – how through dialogue, metaphor and the creation of a recognisable fictional world we facilitate the transposition of an actual world and interweave it with the consideration of new perspectives, alternate possibilities and trialled scenarios.

she hides

she hides in the edges of shade
she smiles
at the umber moon

I never see her

she lives near the well
at the bottom of my garden

in the evenings I leave flowers for her
some mornings
I see where she has kissed them

MChallis c.1984