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The Intuit: An Investigation into the Definitions, Applications, and Possibilities offered by Intuitive Applied Theatre Practice with Vulnerable Youth

Abraham, Nicola (2019) The Intuit: An Investigation into the Definitions, Applications, and Possibilities offered by Intuitive Applied Theatre Practice with Vulnerable Youth. Applied Theatre Research, 7 (2). ISSN 20493010 (In Press)

Abstract

This article offers insights into what might constitute intuition in applied theatre practices with vulnerable youth in London. The study will explore the approaches of five theatre companies working with children and vulnerable youth. A lead practitioner from each company has been interviewed, and the interpretation of the data they have provided has offered new insights into the role of intuition as an approach to ensuring applied theatre is responsive to young people living precarious lives. The research identifies two aspects of intuitive practice, one that resides with the actions and thoughts of the practitioner, and the other with the acceptance of intuitive creative offers by participants. The study has also revealed the potential heightening of intuitive responses for practitioners who share history, culture, location or identities with their participants. Altogether the findings from the research offer useful potential considerations of key qualities for an intuitive practitioner, or the Intuit, working specifically with young people in contexts of uncertainty.

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