Tuppence For Social Change
Tuppence for Social Change works to bring attention to social injustices by focusing on an oppression and, through theatrical tools, encourages audiences to participate and practice what they would say in those situations. Theatre for Social Change gives the audiences a safe environment that becomes a rehearsal for life.
End Stigma, End HIV/AIDS: A Forum Theatre Project
- Our team member, Jake Pursell, is an actor in this Forum Theatre piece that is currently circulating the San Antonio area. This project is a collaboration between the Mellon Institute for Summer Research at Trinity University and AtticRep. Dr. Huesca from Trinity University interviewed 34 individuals from the HIV community. Using these stories and narratives, the assembled team created two Forum scenes with a focus on the stigma and oppressions of HIV. We have mainly been presenting this piece at HIV testing and treatment centers.
Forum & Image Theatre Workshop: The Aftermath of Sexual Assault with members of Omega Phi fraternity at Trinity University.
- Our actors used research and gathered stories to inform a 10 minute play dealing with the oppressions of the aftermath of sexual assault. Once ready, we took it to the fraternity. We started the hour long project with the fraternity with some Image Theatre (see below). After that we presented the play once and then again with spectator involvement. We closed the project with a talk back.
Forum & Image Theatre Workshop: The Aftermath of Sexual Assault with new members of Omega Phi fraternity at Trinity University.
- Our actors used research and gathered stories to inform a 10 minute play dealing with the oppressions of the aftermath of sexual assault. Once ready, we took it to the fraternity's new members. We started the hour long project with the new members with some Image Theatre (see below). After that we presented the play once and then again with spectator involvement. We closed the project with a talk back.
Forum and Image Theatre Workshop: The Aftermath of Sexual Assault with first year classes at Trinity University
-Our actors used research and stories to create a workshop for multiple first year classes at Trinity. The workshop included Image Theatre exercises as well as a Forum scene. This Forum scene was presented once and then again with interventions from the audience. Afterwords, we had a talk back with the participants.
"On the Porch with The Lavens: How Music Shaped a Family" in collaboration with AtticRep and the Laven Family.
- Our team collaborated with Roberto Prestigiacomo of AtticRep and the family band the Lavens. We created and devised a 75 minute piece telling the story of their family's immigration from Holland to America. The piece continued the family story up to the current times in San Antonio. The story was told through narrative and songs.
Theatre for Social Change Forum Project on Domestic Abuse at Trinity University in collaboration with Trinity Theatre Department.
- This project was one of the four mainstage shows put on by Trinity University every year. We cast our actors from the students who auditioned. From there we chose an oppression to focus on, did research and collected stories on that oppression and then created two 10 minute plays. We then presented it seven different times to the Trinity community and the San Antonio community. The structure was as follows: a story was read, a 10 minute play taken from that story shown, play shown again except with audience intervention. This structure was repeated for the second play and then a conversation followed.
Immigrants and Refugees: a Theatre for Social Change Workshop through an NEH Grant at University of Incarnate Word
- This project was formed as a workshop for three classes at University of Incarnate Word. Our actors created a scene based on research and stories of immigrants and refugees. We opened the workshop with Image Theatre. We first demonstrated how the process worked and then we opened it up for them to create their own images. After this we presented a short, 10 minute play. We had the play set in a classroom, as we thought this would be applicable for college students. We asked fro volunteers to sit onstage and complete the "class" but they were still not allowed to intervene the first time. After we showed the play once, we did it a second time with this time the audience members were able to intervene. We closed with a conversation regarding the play but also delving more deeply into the topic itself.
What We Do
Tuppence For Social Change actively goes into communities and addresses the oppressions being experienced. Using research and stories that we have gathered about the oppression, we create a play of 10-15 minutes addressing the topic with actors and members of your community. Eventually, through spectator involvement, we identify solutions to the oppression.Spectator involvement is crucial, so that individuals practice and learn how to correct oppressions. We hope to provoke change by starting a conversation. We offer a safe place in which to practice for life, teaching real people how to bring about the necessary change in the oppression. We also hope that through this work we can break the bystander effect. We stand for freedom for all and believe that none should suffer from any oppression. We accomplish this important task by offering the following workshops to schools (Middle School, High School, and University levels), workplaces, and other social environments.
Based on an issue of your choice, participants will be led through a process of creating a series of three images using only their bodies. The first showing the oppression, the second showing the ideal situation, and the third showing the active transition between the two in order to achieve the ideal. Lessons are taught on oppression, what oppressive forces are present with the given issue, and how to combat those oppressive forces. Image Theatre is useful as participants pinpoint a specific oppression and then develop a specific action that will bring about the necessary change. This exercise is generally used as a warm up for the participants.
Our team, in collaboration with members of your community, will create and perform a scene based on the given issue and the oppressions within. We will use research and stories gathered anonymously from your community and beyond to inform our scene. Once educated on the oppression, we will perform the scene for your community. After the first run of the scene we do it again and allow the audience to participate, intervene, and practice their solutions. The exercise is concluded with a discussion about the oppressions and the process. Participants will engage in real life scenarios in a safe and educational environment where they can express their ideas and practice for life.
Contact Jacob Pursell for workshop options: email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call/text at (210)882-7518