What is Documentary Theatre?

Sometimes fact is stranger than fiction…

 

Documentary theatre is inspired by real people and real events from the world. A documentary theatre-maker takes a burning question they want answered, speaks to their community and then uses the information they collect to create a new play.

 

When making Creation Creation, we started by asking people what great mystery they would like an answer to. Then, we took these epic unknowable questions and searched for the answers by recording over 35 hours of interviews with members of the community in order to create the work. Click here to read more about Creation Creation.

 

We asked students from Clovelly Park Primary to don their documentarian caps and create mini documentary theatre works based on their most burning questions. Watch their masterful documentaries below and, if you feel particularly inspired, you can access our guide to creating your own work of documentary theatre by clicking here.

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Are aliens real and will we ever find them?

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How was the solar system formed?

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What happens when you die?

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What happens when the world ends?

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How was language created?

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Why am I alive?

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Is there life on other planets?

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Are we alone in space?

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Did the chicken or the egg come first?

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What was the first plant on earth?

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What will the world be like in 200 years?

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