Theatre and performance offers the potential for intimate connections that create meaning and harness relationality. When this occurs with productions which stage trauma, particularly traumatic encounters or histories speaking directing to the audience’s wider socio-cultural frameworks as examined in this volume, the stakes are high for affect, creative inspiration, socio-political consciousness-raising, and indeed, relationality among diverse people and ideas, in both personal and public contexts. This is not say that the staging of trauma is not at times deeply problematic. However, in a post-truth and revisionist historical moment, creating the conditions for analytical engagement, ethical encounters, critical thinking, creative inspiration, immersive engagement and personal and collective intimacy and affect is a significant, and increasingly rare, act. The conclusion reflects and debates the parallels and distinctions investigated throughout these case studies, noting the significant political and personal impact of their productions, as well as their collective nod towards the next generation of feminism.
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