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By David Oddie

A trip of artwork and Conflict is a deeply own exploration of David Oddie’s makes an attempt to discover the potential for the humanities as a source for reconciliation within the wake of clash and for the artistic transformation of clash itself. it all started whilst Oddie, seeing the fractured international round him, requested himself what he may well do to assist; that query set him off on travels around the globe, together with to Palestine, Kosovo, South Africa, India, Northern eire, Brazil, and different locations. In each one situation, he met with local community who had suffered from clash and labored with them to forge creative networks that experience the capability to remodel their situation.

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Sometime later I did listen to him and, with his encouragement, became an avid reader, a process that was to significantly change my life and outlook. Russell had cajoled and bullied me into taking a number of roles in school plays from Shakespeare’s Justice Shallow to Private Bamforth in The Long and the Short and the Tall, experiences that were, on reflection, crucial to my emerging self-understanding. I had no specific sense of direction when I left school, but I was fortunate to be taken on by VSO (Voluntary Service Overseas) where I spent a remarkable year in Sierra Leone, West Africa.

Eventually I found an understanding psychotherapist, who used hypnosis on me. The first time I went ‘under’, I found myself curled up in a tight ball with floods of tears running down my face. ’ asked the therapist. I was in bed, the first night of a term at my boarding school. I was nine years old. I missed the warmth and comfort of my home and I wanted to cry, but dare not cry audibly in case I was heard by the boys in the adjoining beds and marked out as a ‘wet’. This was in the 1950s, and the school ran a spartan regime in which the stiff upper lip was mandatory.

Lederach initially uses a model to outline change processes that is very familiar to applied theatre practitioners; that is, a transformation framework comprising the presenting situation, the horizon of preferred future and the development of change processes linking the two. This provides a framework to explore movement into the future. It does not, as Lederach observes, ‘explore what capacity might be needed to imagine a past that was alive and accompanying us at every step’ (Lederach, 2005:139).

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