Me on the Map (MOTM) is a unique participatory show for classroom-sized groups of young people aged 6-15. Initially developed and produced by Neworld Theatre in Vancouver, through a commission from the Vancouver International Children’s Festival, MOTM challenges participants to collectively solve the problem of how to best develop an actual lot of land that sits empty in their city. The MOTM experience guides participants through co-design activities that start in the classroom. The choice students make provide data that forms the foundation for the decisions made during the performance. This paper details the theoretical background of the show including participatory theatre, inclusive design, urban happiness studies and ethical decision making. We present lessons learned and make recommendations for public deliberation practitioners on using this technique in future projects.
ethical decision making, urban happiness studies, inclusive design, participatory theatre, decision making, public participation, urban design, interactive theatre
How to Cite
Williams S. & Derbyshire J. & Wong A., (2018) “Me on the Map: A Case Study of Interactive Theatre and Public Participation”, Journal of Public Deliberation 14(1). doi: https://doi.org/10.16997/jdd.298