What we do
Social science research aims to understand and investigate humans and their societies, how people live together and change the worlds in which they live. All of our lives are shaped by structures, institutions, politics, the economy and histories, and we in turn help to shape these factors. Research produces new knowledge, insights, understanding, and ways of looking at the social world.
In order to establish a sustainable and broader application of research it is important that academic findings make their way outside academic institutions; making outreach and public engagement with academic material imperative. Often the focus of such outreach is on policy change and political influence, rather than aiming at a more local level. However, communicating with community groups and young people can serve to create a long-term debate, encouraging broader social awareness, critical thought, questioning, and analysis of social issues at a grassroots level.
This is the where actREAL plays its role.
How we can help
actREAL (Research, Exploration and Learning) takes academic research to schools and community groups to create a space of contact, engagement, sensitivity and dialogue on important and often complex issues such as migration, race, identity, and many others. Using research as a resource and starting point and through the medium of theatre, an experiential learning experience is created for a wide range of audiences.
Using theatre tools, workshops, discussion and performance we provide an environment for participants to engage with the research information and develop the theatre material in their own way to reflect their personal reactions and understandings of the topics. This creates a unique experience every time!
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“The materials were excellent….The drama activities were excellent – it was really good to add some to my repertoire after 29 years of teaching!”
Year 6 Teacher
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