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Graduate School Never Prepared Me for This: reflections on the challenges of research based theatre

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This paper describes and discusses the development of our research-based dramatic presentation, Handle with Care: Women Living with Metastatic Breast Cancer. I then reflect upon how engagement in this project has challenged me to extend beyond traditional researcher role(s). In bridging the worlds of research and theatre, I have taken on the roles of: researcher as beginner, researcher as actor, researcher as two-bit hustler, researcher as worrier, researcher as one who suffers, researcher as companion, researcher as agent of social transformation, and researcher as conveyor of hope.

Document Type: Regular Paper


Affiliations: Psychosocial and Behavioural Research Unit, Toronto-Sunnybrook Regional Cancer Centre, 2075 Bayview Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M4N 3M5

Publication date: October 1, 2000

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