All parts play a part
In the opening session, Somers said that he hoped to preclude any "touching the hem of the guru's garment", and the mood throughout the five days was non-competitive and generously attentive. In no sense were the Brits teaching others how "to do drama since we lead the world" - not least because we don't. Active workshops included sessions by the Greenwich Young People's Theatre and Catalyst Theatre from Birmingham. Late night entertainment included an uninhibited international ceilidh, a one- person show from a Nepalese delegate and a performance on land rights by delegates from Ghana and Papua New Guinea.
The testimony of the delegates was that the conference had been not only academically valuable, but also restorative and inspirational.