Archives for the month of: July, 2016

Applications are now open to participate in a training and research project for ESOL teachers to pilot and develop a six week ESOL + Theatre of the Oppressed course.

Language, Resistance, Theatre is a project by the Serpentine Galleries Edgware Road Project, where participatory ESOL teachers and Implicated Theatre (a Theatre of the Oppressed collective led by director Frances Rifkin) work with language learners to develop a more political ESOL approach that combines language with a focus on resistance.

Last year we ran a free workshop series for English language learners bringing theatre and language experts together to experiment with different ideas. Following that 8 week pilot project, which aimed to work with second language speakers to combine Boal inspired Theatre of the Oppressed work with language development, we will be launching a series of training sessions and inviting interested teachers to pilot a six week course in their own classrooms.  From September 2016 we will be working towards creating a resource materials for ESOL teachers to be launched at the end of the year. A report about the pilot project by Becky Winstanley is available to download here.

We will be holding open training for ESOL teachers interested in learning more about the project and Theatre of the Oppressed techniques, as well as two workshops where participants will begin to practice bringing these techniques into a classroom setting.

Open training for ESOL teachers:

Theatre of the Oppressed (general introduction) – Saturday 10th September 2016

Theatre of the Oppressed in the ESOL classroom 1 – Saturday 24th September 2016

Theatre of the Oppressed in the ESOL classroom 2 – Saturday 8th October 2016

Core teachers:

We are recruiting a core team of experienced ESOL teachers who want to be involved in classroom based action research which will contribute to a resource pack or curriculum for other ESOL teachers combining Theatre of the Oppressed and ESOL.  This will involve a SIX WEEK commitment to teaching the course in your own classroom, accompanied by a Theatre of the Oppressed mentor as well as attending and writing weekly reflections and contributing to the editing of the final resource pack or curriculum. Commitment to teaching must occur between October 2016  – November 2016

Download the application here: Language Resistance Theatre_open call

For more information see:

Click to access act_esol_280616.pdf


Stephanie Cubbin, Chris Jones and Janna Graham launched ‘The School and the Neighbourhood: A Subverted Curriculum’ a curriculum for use by teachers and students to bring their schools into conversation with their local area.  The curriculum is part of our Studies on a Road series – you can download other publications here.

The curriculum is based on knowledge produced during the Edgware Road Project at St Marylebone CE School, a Performing and Visual Arts multi faith Church of England School in West London. The project was a four-year residency that took place between 2009-2013, in which the art collective Ultra-Red worked in the context of the school and the neighbourhood, involving teachers, administrators, students and local activists

In a moment where the arts are being systematically removed from the education system, the authors will discuss the collaboration, what it means to have artists in residence in schools, and the benefits and challenges that the introduction of radical education approaches brought to the school.  The development of the curriculum comes from the desire to share approaches and strategies with more teachers and students, as well as the need to reflect on the legacy of the project and how it has influenced the practices of teachers at the school today.

This publication is part of the pamphlet series Studies on a Road that document projects commissioned through the Serpentine Galleries’ Edgware Road Project.

You can DOWNLOAD the curriculum from the event page.

Stephanie Cubbin is an Artist and Educator that has been at St Marylebone School since 2001. Stephanie now works as an educational consultant for St Marylebone Teaching School alongside teaching and has supported many heads of departments developing their curriculum, improving results and supporting middle leadership. She advises on policy implementation and attends the All Party Parliamentary Group for Art & Design Education.

Janna Graham is a writer, organizer, educator, and curator who has initiated community, pedagogical, artistic, and research projects in and outside of the arts for many years. Prior to her current appointment as Head of Public Programmes and Research at Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham, Graham was a curator at Serpentine Gallery in London, where she worked with others to create The Centre for Possible Studies, an artistic residency, community research space, and popular education program in the Edgware Road neighbourhood. There, artists and local people developed “studies of the possible” in response to the social inequalities of urban space. She also ran a three-year program of artists working in care contexts, culminating in the recent publication Art + Care: A Future (2013) to which she contributed. Graham is also a member of the international sound and political collective Ultra-red and has been an artist, researcher, and educator at institutions such as the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto; the Whitechapel Gallery, London; Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven; and Plymouth Art Centre, Plymouth.

Chris Jones is a member of Ultra-red and the long-standing community social centre and archive 56a Infoshop in The Elephant. As part of the Edgware Rd Project Chris spent many hours with pupils of St Marylebone investigating together what it means to be a pupil in the current policy-led overdrive for vocation and career. They also worked through issues of work, regeneration and migration through free-from work experience and curriculum based investigative processes using sound and collective listening.

Some images from Implicated Theatre’s performance at the Serpentine Pavilion 2016 by Lewis Ronald.

Below is a downloadable publication made on the occasion of the performance with contributions by Implicated Theatre, Frances Rifkin and UNITE the union’s Hotel Workers Branch in London.

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