Same Same But Different

A corporate theatre workshop exploring diversity

and inclusion in the workplace

A distinctive and engaging workplace training session that uses real life stories and experiential learning techniques to explore attitudes and behaviours hindering inclusivity in the workplace.

 

Same Same But Different provides an opportunity for participants to coach the characters towards inclusive behaviours, by encouraging them to ask questions instead of making assumptions. The process of observing and challenging the behaviour of others, provides an opportunity for participants to reflect on their own attitudes and behaviours and how they can contribute to an inclusive workplace culture.

Same Same But Different can be delivered independently or as part of a half-day or full-day workshop.

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Learning Outcomes

Participants will:​

  • Learn to differentiate between ‘facts’ versus ‘stories’  

  • Observe the underlying assumptions and hidden biases that inform character’s behaviours

  • Audit the diversity of their workplace and current barriers towards inclusivity.

  • Brainstorm strategies for supporting inclusive behaviours in their workplace. 

  • Commit to specific changes they can make to build an inclusive workplace culture 

The Story

When Harold decides to go part time, everyone assumes his 2IC Zack will take over his role, instead the vacancy goes to Aneela, a recent immigrant from Pakistan.

 

Determined to smooth the transition, Zack enlists his colleague Rain to ensure they create a welcoming environment for Aneela, but their well meaning assumptions interfere with getting to know their new manager.

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From our particpants

The Role Play was a fantastic way to practice the techniques and strategies.

Techniques

  • STORYTELLING  - Introducing new or challenging ideas through a theatrical storytelling lens, allowing the audience to observe, reflect, and put into practice new ideas in a safe and hands-off environment. 

  • FORUM THEATRE - Participants redirect the outcome of a scene, by intervening when characters demonstrate unhelpful behaviour, and offering feedback on appropriate behaviour. 

  • CHARACTER COACHING - Characters ask participants for advice on how to behave, and take that advice into their scenario. Participants are prompted to reflect on the effectiveness of their input.