CoRe is going to the Vancouver Fringe Festival this year, and we are hoping many dispute resolution professionals will join us! We will be identifying, attending, and discussing plays that offer a lens for meaningful discussions of conflict and conflict resolution. You can join us in this exploration in three ways:
- Plan to attend the September 15th performance of Does Not Play Well with Others at 8:30 at the Revue Stage! Puppeteer Adam Francis Proulx will be joining members of the mediation community in the Fringe Bar after the performance to discuss conflict themes in the performance. He is giving a great deal of thought to the topic as he is also a featured presenter at CLEBC’s Dispute Resolution Conference the next day.
- Check out one or more of the “conflict resolution plays” recommendations from VanFringe Executive Director David Jordan and CoRe Vice President and VanFringe Board Member Sharon Sutherland. David and Sharon have each identified plays that they anticipate will offer interesting insights into conflict.
- Watch one or more of the recommended plays and then join us at the CoRe Speaker Series session on October 4 when we will be discussing theatre as a tool for understanding conflict. (This one comes with CPD!)
David’s Conflict Resolution Picks
VanFringe ED David Jordan is well known for his ability to spot the best of the upcoming plays each year! Long time Fringe goers eagerly await his recommendations before booking their tickets. We asked David if he’d be willing to apply his insider knowledge and skill to selecting a list of plays that would be especially relevant for conflict resolution professionals. Here’s his picks:
- Does Not Play Well with Others (“Will be fun and feature lots of different conflicts that escalate”)
- Mrs. Barbour’s Daughter (Mary is facing eviction. Sole remaining occupant of a building due for demolition Mary is standing her ground… or rather sitting!)
- Love Is a Battlefield (“Martin and Vanessa are excellent actors and their on stage conflict will likely be very real and well articulated through psychological action.”)
For many years, Sharon has incorporated various theatrical tools directly into her conflict resolution practice and training, so she struggled to keep her list of plays to a reasonable number. She notes, “There are just so many different ways that theatrical productions can generate invigorating and useful reflection amongst conflict resolution practitioners – depictions of direct conflict, examples of outstanding conflict resolution skills, opportunities to gain greater understanding of different perspectives, metaphorical representations that allow us distance to reconsider our assumptions about conflict and its resolution… How to choose?”
- Does Not Play Well with Others (especially attending the Sep. 15th post-show discussion)
- Carry On: A Musical (Don’t miss this one with mediator Ashley Syer in the cast!)
- V.R Dunne or The Women of Lockerbie (examining historical conflicts through theatre)
- Marrow or The Girl Who Was Raised by Wolverine (for adventurous choices)
And consider catching two plays that Sharon reviewed positively as plays for conflict resolution professionals last year that will each run soon after the Festival: The New Conformity which is part of the Fringe Pick Plus and Baba Brinkman’s Rap Guide to Climate Chaos showing in Fringe Presents.