Next week I’ve got the opportunity to put on a workshop at my counselling summer school. I decided to run a larp.
I’ve chosen ‘New Voices in Art’ by Edland, Falch and Rognli. This is a larp in which the characters are artists at the preview of the show of the title, each with their own secret fears and hopes about their work. The metatechnique ‘ping the glass’ allows these inner thoughts to be revealed, as characters give monologues that can be heard by the other players, though not by their characters.
The main reason I wanted to run this larp is that as our class graduates after this summer school, we will all go our separate ways. Most will be looking to set up in private practice as therapists. Like the artists in the larp, we’re at a crossroads. I’m hoping that the larp will be a way to explore the future imaginatively and emotionally, without making that point too obviously.