#Floodsgiving Focus of Research Project

Dr. Sheila Christie, a researcher at Cape Breton University, is looking for participants to become involved in an applied theatre project, Neighbours: After the Flood, that focuses on the Thanksgiving Day Flood of 2016, commonly known as #floodsgiving.  The project is a part of Dr. Christie’s research in Theatre for Social Change, which uses theatre to help communities identify challenges, practice tactics, and explore solutions.

“Floodsgiving was a major event of this past year that impacted many in our community. This shared experience had varying effects. We’ll use applied theatre to explore the social impacts of the flood: what has changed in our thinking about our community? What challenges has the flood helped to highlight?” says Dr. Christie.

Diversity of experience is key to the project. Those interested in participating should apply to Dr. Christie at Sheila_christie@cbu.ca, outlining in the email their story of the flood and its aftermath.  Those selected will participate in a two-day workshop that will include trust-building exercises, discussion and theatre games.  Dr. Christie will also cast four performers; rehearsal commitment is approximately 8 hrs/wk, no experience necessary. Interviews for participants and performers will be held from July 7- 9. Full details available at www.cbneighbours.wordpress.com.

“There are no right or wrong answers. We are seeking personal, honest experiences to enrich the play-making process. The play will be fictional and all stories will be kept confidential,” she says.

The project will come to life on stage during the annual Lumiére Art at Night Festival being held in September. It also connects with the new Bachelor of Arts Community Studies major in Applied Theatre being offered at CBU, showcasing how the program prepares students to use theatre in contexts outside of the traditional performance venue.