We create a short, scripted performance which reflects the themes that are relevant to the audience and the client. The actors perform the piece and then the audience are invited to interact with the actors. They make suggestions on how the characters could have handled things differently, or ‘hot-seat’ a character to find out what that character is thinking. The scene runs again in an improvised way being guided entirely by the audience suggestions. From a safe seat the audience can concentrate on the theme or issue and comment freely.
This technique encourages a wide-ranging debate on personal and professional challenges common to the audience. It is particularly useful when looking at behaviours at times of pressure or change.
The strength of Forum is that many different approaches can be tried out in front of the audience and everyone can experience how those ideas may work in practice.