How to develop legislative theatre
Want to try a participatory democracy method that’s accessible, creative and fun? Join us as we discover legislative theatre
This session will give a practical and interactive introduction to Legislative Theatre, a participatory democracy methodology that’s accessible, creative and fun, with a track record of policy outcomes in the UK and internationally.
In Legislative Theatre, audiences and policymakers watch a play based on the community actors’ experiences with unjust or ineffective policies and practices. Then, audiences act onstage to rehearse ways to confront the problems presented, and test new policies in real time. Actors and audiences propose ideas for new laws, rules and policies to address the problems, working together with advocates, organizers, and council and government representatives. Finally, audience members vote on new rules, and policymakers commit to immediate actions.
In this workshop, attendees will participate in a mock LT session, and discuss recent projects and outcomes from processes in Glasgow, Coventry, Greater Manchester, Haringey, Islington and others. The session will close with a Q & A session on applying similar processes in local contexts.
Facilitator: Katy Rubin is a Legislative Theatre practitioner based in the UK, working towards a participatory democracy that’s joyful, equitable and inclusive. She’s currently collaborating with communities and local councils to co-create policy on housing and homelessness, climate change, and cultural institutions. Originally from New York City, she served as executive director of Theatre of the Oppressed NYC from 2011–2018. www.katyrubin.com