Playwriting as Participatory Action Research

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Jillian Campana

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Research Article

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Elixir International Journal

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This article draws connections between the non-fiction form of Documentary Theatre and participatory action research. It describes the fundamentals of Popular Education as being the roots of Documentary Theatre and shares the goals of this type of work. One particular new play, Dream Hope Wish Desire, developed at the American University in Cairo documents the hopes of the people of Egypt is offered as an example of the process of creating a collaborative new Documentary Theatre play. The article explains how the collaborative playwriting process is similar to research data collection, analysis and sharing.

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