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All interviews were audio recorded and transcribed verbatim by a professional transcriber. I sought and gained permission from the students whose performance scenes and discussions I report. In order to protect the identity of the individuals involved, all names used in this article, including that of the school, are pseudonyms. During the analysis, data from the audio recorded transcripts of the focus group interviews, my research journal and video were triangulated. The data was then transformed into a logical and manageable structure that attempted to address the research agenda posed by this paper.
This, at times, created a particular dynamic as the performers began to involve them as the spectactors and they responded accordingly. As the performers became 21 DENNIS A. FRANCIS familiar with their characters they started to use language they were more comfortable with. In one scene, a character referred to his penis and how it looked when he used a condom. He referred to his penis as his “shlong”. The first time he used the term he received great applause from those outside. The Arts and Culture teacher, who was also watching through the window, stepped into the room and reprimanded the student for his “inappropriate use of language”.
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