Our actors perform this play as a way of illuminating business relationships and behaviours afresh for you and your colleagues. The action is usually open-ended; it could concern past or present experience, or could depict a future scenario with which you’d like to play ‘what if…?’
The facilitator then guides you, the audience, ‘in forum’. You redirect the actors-in-character, who improvise around your suggestions. This may bring the fiction to a ‘happy ending’; it will certainly show up the behaviours that are getting in the way, giving everyone a chance to voice opinions on how to improve things – and instantly see their ideas succeed or fail in practice. It’s ‘roleplaying by proxy’: engaging with a fictitious world in a way that seems so real, you go away with new insights and new inspiration about tackling actualities.
See an Example
Here are some extracts from The House that Danny Built, a custom-written play commissioned by Arts & Business in association with St Andrews Knowledge Consortium.
Using the metaphor of a couple going through some difficulties in their marriage, the play explores the relationship between two companies working in partnership on a joint project.