A NEW MODEL
OF LIVING LAB
The Drama Labs are innovative interventions in the case studies to explore
new ways to engage with conflict productively. The Drama Labs use a mix of performative and applied drama to enable transdisciplinary engagement between researchers and theatre makers, as well as governmental, market and civil society actors. Performative drama stages social issues in a performance before an audience, while applied drama does not work towards a performance but instead uses theatrical methods to transform interaction between participants. Known for its ability to generate and transform societal dialogue, drama is usually framed as belonging to the domain of recreation or as a public engagement tool. Our Drama Labs, instead, form a key part of our research into what it means to wage conflicts productively. Participants in the Drama Labs gain access to embodied and affective means of argumentation that can be a vehicle for the expression and understanding of emotion, (dis)connections and stories that are normally left untold. The aim is to use the tension between conflicting perspectives on climate transition to generate transformative capacity.