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By Helen Nicholson

Helen Nicholson examines the ways that drama and theatre were utilized to diversified neighborhood and academic contexts. She offers an summary of the theoretical strategies underpinning perform in utilized drama and theatre and examines a number practices within the gentle of up to date theoretical and political matters. utilized drama has an intensive democratic background, and this publication explores how practitioners confront questions of group, creativity and citizenship in theatre that is oriented in the direction of social swap.

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By linking applied drama to citizenship I am following the argument that citizenship is not simply a collection of legal rights and obligations, which are not easily changed, but it is also a more fluid and pliable set of social practices. 9 In other words, the ways in which citizenship is practised have changed in the past and will doubtless change in the future. If citizenship is a social practice, subject to a continual process of re-negotiation, it has relevance to the more ordinary and everyday activities of life as well as the bigger political issues of the day.

A slightly different articulation of political citizenship and theatre is extended by activists and protesters who operate outside established structures of power. Rather than harnessing theatre to already established political structures, these artist–activists use creative acts of protest and performative gestures as direct action. A good example of the use of popular performance for this kind of subversive intervention has been documented by John Jordan, an activist himself, whose analysis of the campaigning (dis)organisation ‘Reclaim the Streets’ offers evidence for the link between creative resistance and political citizenship.

Ecological citizenship is a metaphor that suggests the complex, interdependent, interactive and often uneven relationships between local and global interests in the practice of citizenship, and it is also a literal description of an important environmental movement. It seems to me that, although it is obviously outside the remit of this chapter to engage in a detailed discussion of the politics of ecology, an ecological citizenship is a way of conceptualising a number of different themes that have emerged in this chapter – the dramaturgy of civic citizenship; citizenship and political activism; altruism and social citizenship.

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