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Dr. Linden Wilkinson
I became interested in performance as a methodology, when I discovered the existence of documentary theatre and particularly verbatim theatre. Having been aware of the revelatory nature of the spoken word forever as a performer, I combined that with a fascination for how community stories are told and how individual truths are understood. I completed my Masters and Doctoral degrees at Sydney University using verbatim theatre as a mode of research delivery. For my Masters I looked at the trauma of sustained silence for survivors after a rail disaster some eight years before and for my Doctorate I looked at the legacies of colonization using as a case study an Aboriginal massacre and the construction of a memorial to commemorate this atrocity 162 years later.
I am now developing this same methodology to use performance in the rehabilitation space. My most recent work, My Mind’s I, is with stroke survivors.