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After each Dialogue Session, presenting artists will use this blog to record their observations, responses and reflections on the day. Please feel free to add your comment and contribute your perspective.
Cavan – Dialogue Session # 1 – September 7th, 2011
EMMA MEEHAN (THEATRE)
At the dialogue session, I shared my work at a children’s hospital in Dublin. Through a workshop format, I introduced issues that arise in working with children in a hospital such as infection control, mobility issues, interruptions, changing population and so on. I shared why I might choose particular drama exercises and the process of using puppetry in helping children express themselves and gain new skills. I also brought up the area of documentation and reflection through the means of photography, voice recording, video, journaling, movement and writing. I hope that aspects of my sharing could feed into other artists’ work in different artforms and contexts. The simple drama and puppet games seemed to work as an ice breaker for the group to get to know each other. I found one hour very short and would have liked another hour to share the artistic ideas behind my work with the children, my performance works on hospital experience and body image, along with stimulating group discussion on topics that came up.