why are some people more interesting than other people? what differences are noticeable to me? why is this? is it the same for everyone? if these are shared what is the implication of this in understanding self/identity?
What is a train carriage? what social conditions are particular to it? what happens here that can’t happen in other social situations? what doesn’t happen here that happens in other social spaces? why do we feel able to bare all on a train? strike up a conversation with a stranger? Play the bagpipes or give impromptu crochet lessons?
why do I travel on trains? how do I feel about trains? What things do we just know about using trains? what notable experiences have I had on trains? What journeys have a I been on where I’ve been the one displaying the noticeable difference? where have trains taken me to?
What is the difference between the out and return journeys? – there is one, what are the characteristics & are these shared?
Do social spaces online share similar qualities?
How do we tell stories? my stories, your stories, our stories, others stories? Why tell stories? Which stories are more useful in creating a feeling of shared understanding? what does shared understanding actually mean? why do we (if ‘we’ do, so at least I) want to create that feeling? what does that mean for identity/self?
How ingrained into British/western/generally speaking culture are trains? Why and in what ways are trains symbolic? Is the flying scotsman any more iconic than the intercity? why do heritage lines exist? why is train travel also not just a journey somewhere but the journey itself? how much is the story of trains in Britain intwined with the story of the last 200 years of British culture (from the collieries to the increasing number of European train staff) ? Why do people obsess about trains – up to and including train-spotters?
What is ‘performance theatre’? How can a ‘performance process’ create a piece of ‘theatre’? where is the line between this HE practice and the tradition of theatre making? does it exist? or matter?
How can I use my knowledge of theatre and design to create experience? In what ways do I turn my audience into performers themselves (into the image)? How can I use my knowledge of the workshop performance and the intricacies of taking a group on a educative journey to take them on an experiential one?
How can I leave my audience feeling as though they have really been on a train journey – one they will remember next time (and maybe every time) they get on a train again?