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Author: Gill Brabner

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“Humour is a learning juggernaut”

An unexpected benefit of having Covid recently was having the time to finish reading a wonderful book called “Your Brain on Art – How the Arts Transform Us.” It really cheered me up and made me think about all the fun I’ve had over the years working with our team of professional actors and how […]

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How to deliver a workshop in an ambulance station cupboard!

“This is the best I can do” said the station commander gruffly, as he opened the door onto what looked like a large cupboard with windows. “Someone double booked the training room”, he added as he turned away and marched down the corridor, leaving us staring into a small, dark, uninviting space. My first thought […]

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Stories create lightbulb moments

“OMG that’s me.” A stunned silence filled the room and the young woman who had just shouted out got up and left. We were in the middle of delivering a forum theatre workshop for a local council on bullying and harassment at work. Stories create lightbulb moments. The main character in our scenario was a bubbly […]

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Collaborative Working Works

Last weekend I met up with my friend and colleague, Jane Gray. Jane is an optometrist, clinical lead, coach, leadership development facilitator and most importantly she is someone who makes collaborative working work! We had dinner at the beautiful Mallow Restaurant in Borough Market in London.  As well as catching up on everything we had […]

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Lack of management training is an accident waiting to happen

A depressing weekend read in the Guardian claims that 82% of UK managers are ‘accidental’. In other words they have not received management training for their role. The article cites research conducted on behalf of The Chartered Management Institute (CMI). The phrase “action and inaction have consequences” echoed in my head, from a distance of […]

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Hybrid Working – is it still a headache for HR?

HR Managers – is hybrid working, working?  Or is it still causing you some headaches? It seems that every organisation has taken a slightly different approach, creating a myriad of hybrid working models.  And opinions on hybrid working are just as varied. Benefits often cited include: Less time and expense on commuting creates a better […]

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What you can expect when you book a forum theatre workshop

Bespoke or off-the-shelf options You can opt for a bespoke workshop or one of our off-the-shelf workshops.  For the bespoke option we start with user research to ensure our scripted scenarios accurately reflect the everyday challenges that your managers are experiencing at work. We invite your feedback on our scripts, make any amendments and agree […]

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Gill Brabner

47 years ago this month…..

47 years ago this month, I saw a play that changed my life. It was ‘Death of A Salesman’ and it showed a man falling apart under the weight of his life. I had a Dad who had been falling apart since I was 9. He worked in a bank in the City of London. […]

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The buzz of doing what you love!!!!

Last Friday we got to deliver 2 bespoke Forum Theatre workshops for an NHS Finance Department. And even after a full on weekend, I am holding on to the warmth, the laughter, the genuine enquiry, the excitement and the knowledge that we delivered something very meaningful. Importantly: – Our user research enabled us to script […]

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Bullying and Harassment

Brace yourselves, because we’re about to tackle a tough topic head-on—the nightmare of dealing with bullying and harassment in the workplace. Dealing with toxic staff members who unleash this unacceptable behaviour on colleagues is not easy. But complacency is not an option if we want to have healthy workplaces. Through our Forum Theatre workshops we […]

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