Play is often considered frivolous and unproductive as we enter into the ‘serious’ role of becoming adults. However, play is an important activity that simultaneously provides relaxation and stimulation to the brain and body. Pigalle devises board games, live gaming and playful interactions with role players, as tools which bring about humour. This encourages audiences to feel safe when entering into new experiences, reduces their barriers to interact with one another, and fosters flexibility in learning. It also permits them to tap back into a child-like state and cultivate their imagination, creativity and problem-solving skills. Play is also a powerful tool for changing behaviour through fun, as people are more likely to consider their actions and willing to adapt them if they are enjoying the activity.
“We are never more fully alive, more completely ourselves, or more deeply engrossed in anything, than when we are at play” – Dr Charles E.Schaefer, Professor of Psychology and co-founder of the Association for Play Therapy
Pigalle invites the audience to participate and create their own content. She incorporates co-creation to actively shape their path at the level that they are comfortable with. This gives ownership over to the audience, fostering the cross-fertilisation of ideas, new ways of thinking and potential for multiple solutions. The act of taking part and doing things ‘with’ people rather than ‘at’ them imbues meaning, resulting in a deeper satisfaction and instilling a vested desire to continue long after the event.
“I hear and I forget, I see and I remember, I do and I understand” – Confucius, Philosopher
Pigalle presents a range of perspectives to instigate dialogue and debate. Audiences are invited to consider their assumptions and discover the complex grey spaces in between them. Audiences meet with artists, scientists and expert speakers within informal settings to explore topics alongside them. Historical content is linked to current issues, for audiences to connect with and develop greater empathy.