Performing identity through research-based theatre: Brothers

George Belliveau


Over the last few decades, performed research has emerged as a dynamic methodological approach where artist/scholars experiment with using performance to inquire and mobilize new knowledge. This article includes the autobiographical monologue Brothers as well as a critical reflection on the development and performance of the piece. The creation of the monologue incorporated a reflexive drama-based process to generate, analyze, and disseminate pivotal moments in the lives of the two brothers. Photo-albums, letters, journals, newspaper clippings, along with social media, provided data and stimuli. A discussion about the collaborative approach to writing and rehearsing the piece is included, as well as how performing the monologue in a theatre space during an academic conference shed new light on this approach to educational research.

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