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Theatre, Empathy and Community The role theatre can play in deconstructing and constructing notions of the self and the other. Selina Busby


MA Applied Theatre: Drama Education and Drama in the Community MA Applied Theatre: Drama in the Criminal Justice System


Live performance provides a place where people come together, embodied and passionate, to share experiences of meaning making and imagination that can describe or capture fleeting imitations of a better world…audiences feel themselves allied with each other, and with a broader, more capacious sense of a public, in which social discourse articulates the possible rather than the insurmountable obstacles to human potential. Dolan 2005,2


Compassion is the sentiment we feel for particular other human beings – where as pity is a general sentiment towards the misfortunate, from a distance‌distance is an obstacle to empathy, and creates a deterioration of compassion. Arendt 1963, 84


Empathy • Knowing another person’s internal state • Adapting the positive or matching the neural responses of another • Coming to feel as another person feels • Intuiting or projecting one self into another’s situation • Imagining how another is thinking and feeling • Imagining how one would think and feel in another’s place • Feeling distress at witnessing another suffering • Feeling for another person who is suffering.


Empathy • Knowing another person’s internal state • Adapting the positive or matching the neural responses of another • Coming to feel as another person feels • Intuiting or projecting one self into another’s situation • Imagining how another is thinking and feeling • Imagining how one would think and feel in another’s place • Feeling distress at witnessing another suffering • Feeling for another person who is suffering.

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• Imagine how another is thinking and feeling • Imagine how one would think and feel in another’s place • To feel distress at witnessing another’s suffering • To feel for another person who is suffering.


The result of reading a utopia is that it puts into question what precisely exists; it makes the actual world seem strange. Usually we are tempted to say that we cannot live in a different way from the way we presently do. Ricoeur 1986, 299


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