Theatre at work

Experiential Theatre Based Learning

Theatre is at work enhancing culture and improving performance

We create impact, providing a learning experience that will engage your people. We work with you to deliver inspiring tailored workshops in safety, leadership and a range of cultural subjects.

Our programmes feature interactive methods such as scripted plays, case-studies and live simulations. We also apply our skills to films, videos and online programmes for powerful communication and learning. Everything we do is designed with your groups in mind, from leaders and managers through to frontline and operational teams.

We have over two decades of experience in applying our creative, theatre-based techniques to real organisational challenges. Our approach engages people rationally, emotionally and behaviourally so they understand, they care, and they see their part. We then harness that momentum by empowering participants with the practical skills needed to ensure they apply the learning to their roles.

Our team have backgrounds in industry, the arts, psychology, and learning and development. Our skills range from workshop design to stage direction, from facilitation to performance. Theatre works and we can make it work for you.

New Techniques

We script and produce bespoke films or video inserts for training programmes or communication platforms. Our skills and experience means we create films which are fresh and memorable tools for sharing key messages or implementing cultural change. Our dramatisations are filmed in studio or on location using broadcast standard equipment. We work with you to create unique, bespoke segments which reflect the culture of your organisation or industry. Our films have been used in sectors including construction, energy, rail and finance.

Film clips and streamed performances are used as the basis of interactive online training which we facilitate. The live nature of our theatre techniques is replicated online so these programmes can offer an engaging and cost-effective alternative for remote workers. Styled in a similar way to our theatre-based plays, our online training presents scenarios and viewpoints in order to explore key attitudes, approaches or skills. Input and discussion from participants are encouraged along with application of learning to roles.
Areas of Expertise
Safety-Workshops-Training

Improve and sustain the culture of safety in your organisation.

Leadership-Management-Workshops

Create a high-performing culture led by your senior teams.

Foster a productive and inclusive workplace for all.

Theatre Based Techniques

Interactive Plays

Theatre is a powerful medium by which to create awareness and enable understanding. We produce and perform dramatisations which are used as a core element in training programmes or events. Developed and delivered by our team, our approach appeals to all learning styles creating maximum impact and engagement. Each play is interactive so participants can engage directly with the characters and explore events as they unfold through facilitated group discussion. You can choose from our range of existing plays or we can develop a new bespoke piece for you. Theatre at work can overcome a key challenge in changing behaviour and culture; it generates ownership by challenging thinking and shifting mindsets.

Scripted Scenarios

Case-studies are designed to illustrate or mirror your organisational culture, giving participants valuable insights into workplace behaviour, including their own. These scripted scenarios are researched and developed in consultation with you and tailored to address specific objectives or as part of an existing programme. We use an interactive process to involve each group in the scenario through active observation, reflection, strategy development and experimentation. Through practical exploration of key themes, we enable understanding and ownership by illustrating how even the smallest actions, or inaction, can have the greatest impact at work.

Skills Practice

Our workshops present the perfect opportunity to apply learning in a practical way. We employ theory and tools to ground our theatre-based methods and consolidate learning for participants. The use of actors for skills practice is a tried and tested method which can be used in a wide variety of situations, particularly where behaviours or competencies are being enhanced. Our approach to this method is that our actors play the roles so that participants need only be themselves. Individual skills development is enabled through this opportunity to practice and receive expert feedback and coaching from our facilitators.

Featured Programmes

How can each person influence safety culture? This workshop highlights the importance of safety conversations as a day-to-day dynamic within your organisation. We explore the attitudes and approaches that will enable culture change, one safety conversation at a time.

Set in a busy packaging and distribution environment within a manufacturing facility, our interactive story uses a process of forum theatre to raise awareness and stimulate discussion. The qualities of an effective safety conversation are highlighted, along with the potential consequences of getting it wrong. The scenario also refers to the psychology of safety and we explore perceptions and biases from both sides of the conversation.

Each workshop can be designed to suit your groups at management or operative levels and content includes contemporary cultural references including Covid-19.

Themes

Safety Coversations | Risk Perception | Intervention | Culture

Suitable For

Groups at all levels of management and operative

What would you anticipate on your first day at work? That you will get home safely? Our case study is based on the true and tragic story of a young man who lost his life within hours of starting a new job. How could such a terrible event happen and shouldn’t any risks to his safety have been anticipated?

The Irish Court held the company accountable for failings in information, instruction, supervision and safety systems. The Judge said he was ‘satisfied the case was not one where the company had shown a deliberate disregard of health and safety to maximise profits but had been a one-off tragic and unfortunate accident arising from a naive attempt at completing a difficult task’. We give participants the opportunity to be jury and judge for themselves.

Statistics tell us that almost half of work-related deaths in Ireland involve vehicles with common issues including proximity and loss of control. This story highlights the risks around moving vehicles, plant and machinery and the potential consequences of failing to take safety seriously.

Themes

Complacency | Culture | Accountability | Plant & Vehicles

Suitable For

Groups at all levels of management and operative

Inspired by an Irish incident our case-study explores how failings in judgement, and failure to uphold a safe system of work, can lead to a workplace fatality. We meet an operative Brendan and his manager Kevin, both of whom are hard-working and well-intentioned. Yet through their actions, and inaction, play key roles in events that lead to the incident and disastrous consequences for their colleague.

Themes

Risk Awareness | Workplace Stress | Culture | Accountability

Suitable For

Operatives, Supervisors and Managers in any industry

According to the Samaritans construction workers are six times more likely to die from suicide than a fall from height. This workshop explores the risk factors associated with mental health and challenges stigmas which may exist. Participants have the opportunity to understand and spot early signs that someone needs help, such as prolonged depression, excessive fears, social withdrawal, substance abuse or the impact of Covid-19.

Delivered by a team of two or three, the session can be staged in any size venue. At 1-1.5 hour duration it is designed to be accessible and easy to incorporate into site meetings or existing programmes.

Themes

Psychosocial Risks | Communication | Stigma | Culture | Covid-19

Suitable For

Teams at all levels working in construction or any industrial environment

Based on an incident that happened in Ireland, this story explores some of the human factors that can influence a culture of safety on site. Through live interaction and facilitated discussion we focus on attitudes, choices and the influence of planning and contractor dynamics on risk awareness and safe practices. Used in a workshop setting this scenario also allows participants to examine their own role in influencing a culture of safety through effective safety conversations.

Themes

Working at Height | Responsibility | Safety Conversations | Culture

Suitable For

Operatives and Supervisors in Construction, Engineering or any Industry

This programme gives you greater understanding of an often challenging issue: workplace bullying. Designed to stimulate individual awareness at all levels, the workshop will support organisations in dealing with bullying effectively. Through facilitated discussion and live interaction this session brings psychology to life in a three-dimensional way and will challenge your thinking; exploring the human factors and biases often at play. We meet Alan and Michael who are experiencing difficulties at work; each of whom have a very different perspective.

Themes

Workplace Bullying | Assumptions & Bias | Culture | Psychosocial Risks & Responsibility

Suitable For

Managers, Supervisors and Operatives in any Industry

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