Clean Language Used In Live Theatre

Clean Language has been used in a live theatre show, in what may be a world first.

cartel teatro 1Thanks to enthusiast Fernando Figueras, David Grove’s Clean Language questions were used to add magic and mystery to a Spanish stage performance.

Fernando explained: “Álvaro Collar is a Spanish film director and a friend from my childhood. Some few years ago he released the first season of The Third Place, an eight-programme TV series, very mysterious, like something by David Lynch.

“A second TV season was planned – and in between, he decided to do a live performance season in theatres. But he wasn’t sure how to translate the mysterious ambience from his videos to the stage. And since I’m a magician, mentalist and hypnotist, he consulted me.”

The team devised a scene in which an audience member would be invited on stage, where a gypsy would offer a tarot reading. And although the Clean Language-based script Fernando devised sounded weird to both Collar and the actress, the results were so striking – even during the rehearsal – that it proved extremely popular.

Fernando said: “The script that I included was, basically, the tarotist asking the spectator Clean Language questions about a “freely chosen” Tarot card. (I also had to teach the actress how to make a “real” Tarot card deal and basic card magic trick techniques to force the person to choose The Tower).

“Due to the dark and oppressive mood of this part of the play we got amazing answers from the audience member every day – sometimes better than any clever line a scriptwriter could write (although Álvaro is great).

“It proved out that everyone got much more into the experience and every time the experience was different depending on what metaphors popped out from the different spectators.”

“I don’t know if this one became the first theatre play using Clean Language with the audiences to widen their experience but it was really amazing to play with it.”

2 thoughts on “Clean Language Used In Live Theatre”

  1. I use clean questions in children’s therapy. I find that by keeping it ‘clean’ we stay in the child’s map of the world and allow them to explore their feelings with metaphor. Children find it quite easy to project their feelings onto animals in particular and the thing with clean language is that there is no judgement, no assumptions and whatever they say is ‘right’. This is important to a child who is vulnerable and troubled.

  2. Thanks Judy! Look out for Julie McCracken’s book, Clean Language In The Classroom, which has lots more about using Clean Language with children. It’s due to be published by Crown House next week.

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