Documentary theatre: interviewing experts and writing from their characters


The focus is the performance style documentary theatre. Learn how to plan and conduct an investigation into a topic, through a variety of methods, such as interviews, immersive experience, research, data collection.

Once we have this research, how can we turn that raw material into a play? What form will it take? Which material will we choose to use and how? How will it all fit into a coherent final product? 


Organisation La Transplanisphère

Designers/developers Bruno Freyssinet and Arthur Navellou

Interview: Bruno Freyssinet on the writing of The European Crisis Games, Xavier Timbaud, Economist and Director of L’Observatoire français des conjonctures économiques (OFCE), Gregory Veux, composer of the ECG soundtrack, and Boubkar Benzabat, documentary filmmaker.


Example material The European Crisis Games, a play inspired by a former documentary play and the editing of interviews. Extracts from the play in Greece (Epidaurus), and in France (Paris). 

The European Crisis Games is an interactive theatrical experience using techniques of documentary theatre to engage audiences to reconsider and understand the 2008-2009 financial crisis. 

Spotlight Episode

Season 1, MOOC 1, Episode 1

Discover how to use the techniques of Documentary Theatre to adapt research and material collected into a play.