“The N.T.L, the Gestalt, the T-Group. Esalen-Fritz, Synanon, Marathon...” Just a few of the techniques one may draw upon to facilitate “productive group participation.”
So. Can you teach empathy? Or is it something inherent in all of us?
Written whilst on the Royal Court Theatre’s Young Writers Programme, THE T-GROUP by Jingan Young directed by Pippa Howie is a black comedy that follows a group of medical professionals (and a chiropractor) who, after committing various crime(s) are required to attend a sensitivity training course run by an supercilious opportunist with her own agenda. Aside from exploring the complexities (and contradictions) of the medical profession, the play asks how we shape our own identities through the way we express emotion, particularly in this more autonomous (technologically-dependent) modern world.
Part of the Kings College London Arts & Humanities Festival “Being Human” this site-specific piece will address controversial topics about medicine - society - life -
Remember your medication.
The t-group a play by Jingan Young directed by Pippa Howie a POKFULAM RD
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POKFULAM RD PRODUCTIONS 薄扶林道© is a London based non-profit theatre company dedicated to new writing. Founded in January of 2013 by Jingan Young after the first success of a series of rehearsed readings by new playwrights entitled “The Plays the Thing”, this led to a showcase of new plays as well as short pieces read by academics and authors based upon the lives of famous authors entitled “A Greater Inclination” that ran in a London gallery in June. Their collaboration with Kings College London during the Arts & Humanities Festival marks their first full scale production to be directed by artistic associate Pippa Howie. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or follow us @pokfulamrdprod
Playwright & Producer Jingan Young (King’s College London class of 2012) is a Hong Kong born playwright currently reading for a Masters in Creative Writing at Oxford University. She is the first playwright to be commissioned in English for the 42nd Hong Kong International Arts Festival. She was a member of The Royal Court Theatre’s Young Writer’s Programme and has won full bursaries from BAFTA, BBC and ScriptFactory UK. Her plays have been performed at The Hampstead Theatre Downstairs, Jacksons Lane, Oxide Student Radio & The Keble O’Reilly Theatre. She is currently collaborating with novelist Alex Preston on adapting his first novel “This Bleeding City” for the stage.
Director & Producer Pippa Howie was recently a Young Producer for Battersea Arts Centre, working on Freshly Made, a festival celebrating new performance that took place in December 2012 and Brave New World Festival in March 2013. Her producing credits include: The Site, Accidental Festival at the Roundhouse; Routes, Hampstead Theatre. Directing credits include Café for If I Ruled the World Festival at BAC and Dinner Party at the George Wood Theatre, Plays The Thing and A Greater Inclination at Maybe a Vole Gallery in London. She has also assistant produced on The Bicycle Thieves, Create Festival. Her production company Howie/Nespoli Productions is mounting their first production on East European stories in 2014.