Archives and Oral History in Art and Theatre

Maximum number of participants: 25
Registration Details and Fee: To be advised
Date:     24th and 25th June 2019
Time:    9.00am – 5.00pm

Venue:  To be advised

Target Audience

Participants who are interested in the creative use of archival materials, oral history and object through art and the theatre, to engage the community, particularly artists and dramatists to work with the growing population of elderly in society. As this is a highly interactive and experiential workshop, participants will be required to bring along their personal archives such as photographs and documents of their growing up years and/or adult life.

About the Workshop

This hands-on two-day workshop provides a theoretical and practical framework on the use of archives, oral history and objects in interpretive art and the dramatization of life stories.  Participants will learn how to create and curate memory boxes from their personal archives and oral history interviews with the aid of craft materials.  Participants will also learn how to dramatize the “stories” contained in the memory boxes through re-enactment in this workshop.

About the Trainer

Pam Schweitzer is the Founder of Age Exchange Theatre and Reminiscence Theatre Archive, UK.  She is a writer, theatre director, trainer and lecturer.  Following many years teaching and writing about Theatre in Education and Educational Drama, she became fascinated by Reminiscence and Oral History.  She has devoted the last 30 years to recording and preserving for posterity the memories of older people on key themes in the social history of the 20th century.  From these recordings, she has created and directed 30 professional theatre productions, which has toured in the UK and internationally. In the course of her work, she has started many projects involving intergenerational and inter-cultural sharing where the young, the artists and the dramatists work alongside with individual older people to create “Life Portraits” or “Memory Boxes” around the latter’s life experience.

In 2000, she was awarded the British MBE (Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) for her services in reminiscences work.  Presently, she is an Honorary Research Fellow in the Humanities Department of Greenwich University, London.