Theatre is a spatial tool. "CorporateTheatre" workshops, therefore, require certain specific settings and layout. These are absolutely important and cannot be compromised without diluting the impact of the workshop. However, they are very basic, available in almost every good hotel, resort, or convention centre, and easily manageable, once the right hall space has been identified. The details given in this post include:
Settings & Material:Settings Required for “CorporateTheatre” Workshops (for up to 35 Participants)
Hall size of MINIMUM 2000 SQ FT of uninterrupted space. This is important. The location of the hall should be such that it does not disturb other activities at the venue, as there is bound to be a good deal of noise and activity. There will be considerable physical activity and unless the weather is very cool, air-conditioning is essential. Fans will not serve the purpose as they drown out voices and make communication difficult. In case the weather is really cool, and air conditioning is not needed, there should be provision for adequate ventilation. Ceiling height should be at least 10 ft or more. The right settings add considerable value and richness to the overall experience.
Mattresses and Bolsters to be arranged linearly along the walls at one end of the hall. (Please refer to the picture of the hall layout.) Roughly one mattress to two participants, and one bolster or pillow each, with a few extra thrown in. These should be covered in clean white sheets and covers.
25 stackable chairs to be kept stacked in the far corner
4 medium sized tables also to be kept tucked away in the far corner
1 medium sized table to be kept in the hall for keeping training material
One light stool or center table near the table on which the training material is kept
30 sheets of white, thick craft paper (flipchart size), and 20 new whiteboard marker pens – 5 red, 5 green, 5 blue, and 5 black.
3 staplers with stapler pins, and 3 rolls of 1 inch (width) cello tape, 3 pairs of big scissors
Scribbling pads and pens/pencils (around 20)
One 12 inch scale – plastic/wood/metal
5 medium sized soup bowls
15 additional white bed sheets to be kept folded along with the rest of the material
2 cordless mikes of good quality
I flipchart board to be readily available if needed, but not to be kept inside the hall.
Bottled drinking water (not glasses) to be kept inside the hall. All catering should be outside the hall.
Floor, if carpeted, should be thoroughly shampooed/vacuumed so that people do not experience discomfort or dust allergies. If not carpeted it should be cleaned well. Participants will be using the floor a lot, to sit on, lie on, and occasionally roll on, if they feel like it
2 large, clean dust bins
IMPORTANT: It is important that the Facilitator’s accommodation is also arranged at the venue.
Note to Participants
Dress Code: Absolutely Informal. Wear something loose and comfortable that will allow sitting, lying, or rolling on the floor. Ladies are advised to avoid Saris as they inhibit free movement.
Bring nothing with you - no notebooks, pads, or pens. Note-taking is strictly forbidden.
Footwear to be left outside the hall. Along with footwear, participants are requested to leave adult personalities, seniority, designations, and hierarchy, outside. Whatever is needed from among these can be retreived on the way back after the workshop.
Bring cameras along. You will catch yourselves and each other in amazing postures and costumes and with unbelievable expressions that you may find difficult to replicate afterwards. You will want to preserve them for posterity and show it to parents, spouses, children, and grandchildren down the years. However dont expect them to believe it is YOU !!
Ground Rules for the Workshop:
“CorporateTheatre” is a very enjoyable process of getting EXPERIENTIALLY in touch with your immense possibilities as Individuals and as Teams, to deliver excellence under pressure, change, and challenging conditions. It has been used by participants at all levels of management to address serious learning and transformational objectives. In order to optimize the invaluable time and energy that you will be investing in the workshop, we need to observe the following ground rules.
ONLY PARTICIPANTS, NO OBSERVERS – non-participant observers will make others self-conscious and this could be a block to their experience.
FULL-TIME PARTICIPATION – as we will be working with Team Dynamics, a participant leaving halfway through the workshop can create a vacuum that could adversely affect the group energy.
ONCE THE WORKSHOP STARTS, NO ONE ELSE IS ALLOWED TO JOIN IN – the first 20 minutes are critical towards creating the right mindset among the participants. Those who miss this initial session could end up disrupting their own process as well as the group’s. We do not mind giving a grace time of 10 to 15 minutes before actually starting the workshop. If we wait longer than this, we will have to rush through the process and dilute the impact for all involved. This would be unfair to the organization that is investing in the exercise, as well as to those Participants who have come in time. It is painful for all concerned to turn away a person even when they are late. However, in the overall interest of the group as well as the process, we have no alternative but to do this.
CELL PHONES CAN BE USED ONLY DURING THE BREAKS – We fully understand and respect the fact that all of you are handling critical assignments. Nevertheless, in order to make the workshop effective, we need your full attention and availability. In case you are handling some critical assignment where you have to be on call, it is better for you as well as the entire group, to attend the workshop some other time when you are more available.
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