Playing in the Aisle


Famously the verse drama by T. S. Eliot, Murder in the Cathedral, first performed in 1935, deals with dark, complex and disturbing concepts. The central focus of the drama is the assassination of Archbishop Thomas Becket in Canterbury Cathedral in 1170.

While this drama was concerned with a dreadful event it demonstrates the power of theatre to explore difficult and pressing issues. This theatre and performance workshop will make use of Augusto Boal's Invisible Theatre and Theatre of the Oppressed using the world-famous drama techniques of Boal, creator of exciting games for actors and non-actors.

You will have a tour of the Cathedral with an eye to seek out a performance setting for your play. An opportunity to write, direct, perform and review your own play set in the Cathedral. The day will culminate in an opportunity to change the world during a session at the Forum Theatre - a chance to experience drama at its most exciting and strange!

Start date: 10:00am, 16th Dec, 2017

End date: 3:30pm, 16th Dec, 2017

Location: Lincoln, North East

Masterclass year groups: 8, 9, 10

Cost: £45.00

Masterclass leader: John Senior

Bio: John is a highly experienced and creative freelance education consultant, lecturer and writer. He has worked with able, gifted and talented children for over 3 decades as well as their teachers, carers and parents, Advisor for several London Boroughs as an Advisor as well as previously a Director of GIFT Ltd, Otherwise Ltd and the National Youth Director for the National Association for Gifted Children. He loves learning and working as a co-operative learner with anything that breathes. As an academic writer, leader, advisor and consultant he explores creativity and innovative learning. He has written extensively for both academic and popular readerships specialising in providing enrichment activities that stimulate independent thinking. He is currently a Contributing Editor and Senior Reviewer for Gifted Education International, a SAGE Journal and joint editor and contributor of the Handbook of Gifted Education (SAGE to be published 2018).

Venue: Lincoln Cathedral

Address: Minster Yard, Lincoln , Lincoln, Lincolnshire, LN2 1PX

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