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Faye Brightman

As a drama practitioner, my aim is to help people through this medium. I believe that drama can be beneficial for everyone, people just have to be open to the possibility of change.

I promote a healthy and safe space within my practice and when meeting a new group of participants, we create a contract. This involves setting boundaries to keep everyone safe and observe safety throughout th

My work involves letting people explore, using drama as a tool; allowing them to let go and possibility discover something new about themselves. This is done through explorative exercises, namely creative writing and drawing, improvisational acting, and lots of discussion. However, I also want to allow participants to have the time to play and be free without a set agenda, as sometimes that is all individuals need to help to express themselves, along with gaining confidence. As Popovic (2017) states: ‘Play allows us to get the confidence by doing unexpected things’.

I have many inspirations for my practice; specifically, climate change, gender identity and sexuality. However, there is one individual practitioner whose work inspires me. The work of Brazilian theatre director and dramatist, Augusto Boal, has been influential in my own development and refinement of my practice. Specifically, his work with his arsenal of the Theatre of the Oppressed, which works with individuals who are being exploited, or unseen, and allowing them to express their frustrations - showing these issues through drama.

I have many ways in which I want to use drama, my ultimate passion is to work with the transgender community. Being a trans woman myself, I understand some of the barriers transgender people face within the theatre industry. Notably, trans women being typecast as more masculine characters, to trans men not being cast at all. I want to make drama and theatre a space where transgender people are free to explore, experiment, and feel safe. I also want to create a space for transgender youth, which could help them to discover and build confidence in who they are. I intend to do this by planning multiple projects catered to the needs of transgender people. For example, a series of workshops where participants are free to join in and explore, along with a forum theatre project with the aim of elevating their struggles and frustrations to an audience.

My end goal is to create theatre and drama that will inspire people to make change in the world, either by making theatre more inclusive and accessible, or using drama to tell the stories of those in need; thus, amplifying issues in their communities and to address them to people who will step-up and support their cause.

On your face, 2021