Theater and action research: How drama can empower action research processes in the field of unemployment

Ditte Maria Børglum Tofteng, Mia Husted

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    Action research on marginalization and exclusion often seeks to examine relations between recognition, respect, and inclusion, but addressing these topics is difficult. Theatre-based action research opens up a new way to communicate and make visible knowledge and experiences from below that have difficulties reaching the public agenda or influencing structures of power. In this article we follow the creation of a play and of scenes that address the life, sufferings, and wishes of unemployed people. The skills of actors, writers, and producers are worked into a critical utopian action research project and used to highlight and enlarge both critique and dreams in life outside the labor market. The article also discusses some of the reactions the plays received and the formation of knowledge linked to these processes.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalAction Research
    Issue number1
    Pages (from-to)27-41
    Publication statusPublished - 2011


    • theater
    • Action Research
    • labour-concept
    • work life

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