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.