Consent Workshops with Natasha Richards
role. Workshop Facilitator
date. 4th February 2020
location. The University of Essex, UK
This one-day workshop explored consent through theatre, dance and spoken word. Funded by the CHASE Feminist Network, and delivered by PhD students Natasha Richards (University of Essex) and Gemma Connell (University of Surrey) the workshop aimed to situate discussions within the so-called “blurred lines” of understanding consent, where actions can be portrayed as justified by throw away comments such as “boys will be boys” and “it’s just a bit of fun”.
Natasha and Gemma have both been working independently with issues of consent, gender and sexuality for several years now, with Natasha working in theatre and Gemma with dance and spoken word. This workshop offers practical examples of how we might discuss notions of consent through theatre and dance/spoken word, which participants could take away and utilise in their own practice/research. Each participant will experience two pathways: dance/spoken word and theatre. No prior experience is needed in any art form in order to take part and participants are welcome to join in as much, or as little, as they feel comfortable.
At the end of the day participants are encouraged to consider further opportunities for understanding and exploring consent within their academic practice and/or everyday lives. This workshop serves as a pilot project, and any feedback provided will hopefully lead to further workshops created by Natasha and Gemma.
The 'Gender and Education' blog invited us to write a little something about the experience. You can read our blog here.
We are currently exploring further opportunities to develop this practice. Check back soon for more info.