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Prospero: driving global collaborations, through drama, pedagogy and technology.
Dr Paul Sutton, Artistic Director C&T
Prospero is a system created by applied theatre and educational drama company C&T. It innovatively marries theatre, learning and digital technologies in an online utility. Prospero operates online, through web browsers, in particular Google Chrome and Firefox.
Prospero enables the building of interactive dramas, curating the web into fictions populated with characters, dilemmas, conflicts and challenges designed to provoke ‘players’ into taking part in these digitally enabled dramas by creating and sharing their own live theatre. It can also co-ordinate collaborations between participants and players across remote locations, using the power of the internet to build global collaborations between children, young people and often marginalised communities. PAC can also control smartphones, tablets, games consoles - even drones.Prospero digitises theatrical pedagogies, techniques and processes, finding their digital equivalents to enable the making of drama at distance. They can also reverse this process, taking aspects of the digital realm and enabling their synergistic use in live theatre and drama. These can be used independently of Director or in combination.
As a consequence Prospero is powerful paradigm of educational theatre practice and Online Distance learning (ODL) tool, ideally designed for use in educational contexts, but equally for use by anyone who wants to build online participatory theatre/arts experiences in community, social or arts contexts.
Prospero is an applied theatre company - using drama for social and efficacious practices - power of participating in theatre and drama work.Impact
There is an evaluation module built into the platform -young people can use simple tools to evaluate their experience.Scalability
Currently work with partnerships internationally, in NY, UK, Auckland, Nairobi, Australia and more. Additionally, the platform is used globally.