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The intuit: An investigation into the definitions, applications and possibilities offered by intuitive applied theatre practice with vulnerable youth

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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 that 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 that involves the acceptance of intuitive creative offerings 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. As a whole, the findings 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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Keywords: applied theatre; empathic attachment; intuitive practice; intuitive practitioner (intuit); mental health; vulnerable youth; ways of knowing

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 0000000404225274 Royal Central School of Speech & Drama, University of London, United Kingdom

Publication date: December 1, 2019

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