Drama Based Learning

“If you tell me, I’ll forget.
If you involve me, I will remember and do things differently.”


What is It

Drama based learning is a highly effective experiential learning approach that is based in the theories of Augusto Boal, a Brazilian theatre practitioner. Drama based learning uses forum theatre, a technique in which actors play out scenes and the audience has permission to stop the scene, discuss it and then redirect it towards an alternative outcome.

The forum theatre scenes are supported by ‘hot seating’ in which the actors, in character, respond to questions or advise from the delegates about their behaviours, approaches and intentions and are coached towards different outcomes.

Inclusive Employers believe in drama-based learning because it creates the ideal space to ‘rehearse for action’ for colleagues. It allows them to share ideas on how different approaches may lead to different outcomes.

Why Does it Work

Drama based learning works through a suspension of disbelief: delegates emotionally connect with the characters that the actors play. That connectivity engenders a range of emotions from frustration to empathy and reflects the range of emotions that exist in everyday workplaces. The connection is enhanced through dialogue and reflection techniques and the facilitator draws the delegates through to identify positive outcomes and coaches the actors to deliver them.

Another reason why drama based learning works is because it is fun! And at Inclusive Employers, we’re expert and creating safe and engaging learning spaces.

How Does it Work

We like our clients to work closely with us in developing scripts and sessions plans to ensure that the context of the learning is relevant to our delegates but not too reflective of internal challenges. The costs vary according to the number of actors in the delivery team, the number of days of delivery booked and the level of involvement from the client.

Visit our Learning and Development page to find out about the diversity and inclusion subject areas we can explore together or get in touch to talk with our inclusion experts about your specific needs.