The Animal People

A partnership between The Bare Project and The Philosophy Department at The University of Sheffield.

The Animal People is a Forum Theatre piece are designed to engage year 9 to GCSE level students in philosophical ideas in a playful and engaging way. Forum Theatre has long been used as a means of provoking discussion and debate in all sorts of contexts, from Occupy protests to the Houses of Parliament. We have found it to be hugely successful in provoking political and philosophical discussions in classrooms too!

The Animal People addresses some classic philosophical moral dilemmas, drawing on research from the University of Sheffield’s Philosophy Department- encouraging students to reflect upon and discuss complex philosophical moral dilemmas- the very kind they would be exploring at University level- in a fun and safe environment. Students are invited to think about and discuss some of these dilemmas through theatre exercises and through forum-ing the play.

We’ve been running this project for the past year and have had a fantastic time with it. Check out our last visit to Wickersley School here.