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Join us for a unique training and workshop experience which will give you the opportunity to practise strategies to tackle hate speech. This workshop will bring together local agencies working to support the victims and perpetrators of hate crime and provide the opportunity for community and voluntary groups, security professionals, frontline and hospitality staff to take part in a one hour intensive Forum Theatre session run by Arc Theatre.

This session will explore the issues surrounding hate crime, reporting and the human effect in a safe space. Participants will be invited to 'intervene' in the drama - enabling everyone to explore where hate crime comes from, what it is and when and how to intervene safely.

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Founded in 1984, Arc specialises in creating and performing theatre that challenges assumptions and causes real change in the way that people relate to one another at work, at school and in the community.

Arc will use a form of theatre known as Forum Theatre. This takes the form of the introduction of a short scenario, rehearsed and performed by a team of highly skilled actors. The short scenario is played out in front of its audience and at a heightened emotional moment the action of the piece is stopped. The audience is then introduced to the rules of the session. Each actor will be assigned to a group and will talk to them about his or her problem. The audience are invited to discuss what they have seen with each actor, and to make suggestions about what they might do next. The session then goes into full- swing. The groups are charged with looking after their character advising them on their actions. They do this by calling “time-out”. This stops the action so each group can tell their character what to do next or how to respond to the situation in which they find themselves. The actors can also call “time-out” when they need help or advice. The audience are told that they cannot change their characters personalities, but they can change their actions. At certain points the characters are moved on to a new group of advisers, thereby giving them the opportunity to see the situation from all the different perspectives. Sometimes a group might advise a particular course of action, and find that it does not resolve the problem, they then have an opportunity of replaying the scene with alternative suggestions.

The session led by a director who observes the groups, intervenes with new information and coordinates the timing on the interventions.


This method is highly successful and engages hearts and minds as it explores a range of possible outcomes and then identifies the skills needed for the conflict to be resolved. The session finishes with an opportunity for discussion of what has been observed, felt and learned from the theatre piece.


This event is made possible through the support of Arc Theatre, Barking and Dagenham CVS, London Borough of Barking and Dagenham, Victim Support, Barking and Dagenham Citizens Advice and Stop Hate UK.

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