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Title: Grandparenting the absent Grandchildren
Contributor(s): Sims, Margaret  (creator)orcid ; Noone, Genevieve  (creator)orcid ; Ellis, Elizabeth M  (creator)orcid 
Publication Date: 2014
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Abstract: When grandparents have little or no contact with their grandchildren because of family conflict or separation, emotions run high. The ethnodramatic script for Grandparenting the absent grandchildren is based on interviews with 33 grandmothers and 17 grandfathers. The ethics of representation required that the script accurately portray the experiences of the research participants by staying close to their words as recorded in the interview transcripts. To do this and also create "good theatre" required creative and innovative use of the elements of theatre. Words, movement, costumes and props create a theatrical experience highlighting the emotional trauma and legal issues involved. Audience reactions (interjections, tears, bodily discomfort) suggest that the performance captures experiences, engages people emotionally, and confronts understandings of this current social issue. Ethnotheatre permits the powerful presentation of research, focusing on its emotional and personal nature to create an impact and facilitate social change.
Publication Type: Live Performance Of Creative Works - Play
Publisher: Margaret Sims, Genevieve Noone and Elizabeth Ellis
Place of Publication: Mt Gravatt, Australia
Fields of Research (FoR) 2008: 130102 Early Childhood Education (excl Maori)
160807 Sociological Methodology and Research Methods
160301 Family and Household Studies
Fields of Research (FoR) 2020: 390302 Early childhood education
441006 Sociological methodology and research methods
440301 Family and household studies
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2008: 940112 Families and Family Services
940103 Ageing and Older People
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2020: 230107 Families and family services
230102 Ageing and older people
Format: 1 Play, Duration approximately 30 minutes
HERDC Category Description: Z7 Live performance of creative works - Play
Appears in Collections:Live Performance Of Creative Works - Play
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