The post-activity is the reflection made concerning the learning done during the first two activities. It can happen shortly after or maybe it is worth taking up some of the issues played out a while after the event.
In cases where different recordings have been made during the event, the facilitator should soon after collect the materials. This could be done by transferring recordings from camera to computer, having any participants who used their phones to upload clips, photos or audio either via an email to the facilitator or straight to Youtube.
The facilitator should always make sure that he/she has the editing rights to the materials uploaded, since this is the way of regulating what gets posted and deleted. Likewise, it would be a good idea if the facilitator spent some time considering if clips should be edited or shortened, to make them easier to work with and go through.
The clips can then form the basis for the forum theatre exercises presented earlier (speech bubbles or interviews), or the forum theatre play can in a way be continued on the online forum.
Working digitally after the play
When the scenes are available for viewing in Youtube for example, (it could be the whole scene with all the suggestions, questions and solutions or perhaps only the unsolved scene (first play)), the group can view it after the event again. This opens for several possibilities:
- They can, in groups, discuss and come up with possible solutions for the play. These can be posted as a comment (or blog entry) or they can be acted out, recorded, and uploaded as a video comment.
- Students can review and present ideas they can post (in text or video). In this way, the FT event continues and is kept alive even outside the group or classroom. If a many comments and suggestions are made, it could be an idea to get the group together again, and perhaps play out the suggestions and solutions to see if they work.
- The groups/individual students can view the recordings with more analytical tasks in mind. The facilitator can ask them to review what when wrong on the stage, what worked well, the actors’ body language and influence on the outcome, the semantics, etc. This enables the participants to acquire a deeper understanding of the mechanics in play, as well as enable them to review what happened from a more distanced perspective.
These are by no means the only options – the examples outlined here can be mixed and adapted into what fits the group and facilitator best, and the resources and time set aside to working with forum theatre.