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The Brexit Workshop aims to help people reconcile their differences. Photo: Shutterstock
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Brexit has been the source of inspiration for many an artist since the fateful referendum on June 23, 2016. Countless theatremakers have tried to help the population (well, at least the theatregoing part of the population) make sense of it all.

Now one Austrian former theatre director thinks she has found a way to truly heal the bitter Brexit divide, using the power of art. Valerie Kattenfeld will be running workshops where participants will reconcile their differences through pets, sex and dance. Well, talking about pets and sex, that is.

Kattenfeld told the Evening Standard: “I just think underneath all the hatred, the shouting and the blaming there is so much frustration. There is this deep-rooted fear, hurt and need that I want to extract and let breathe to see what is behind the labels.”

She added: “I’m concerned about polarisation in society. I have seen lots of different social issues all over the world, but Brexit is the burning topic in the UK.”

Kattenfeld’s event, Brexit Workshop — Reconnecting a Split Society, costs £30, and will be held in Camden, London. It will consist of a first session during which attendees will be encouraged to discuss pets, passions and sexual orientation without mentioning Brexit. A second session will ask participants to confront each other over differing opinions using “acting, dance and active listening”.

Ms Kattenfeld told the Standard that the event would be perfect for Cabinet ministers: “I think politicians would benefit. The world will be a better place if they listened to each other.”

Perhaps if someone had thought of this sooner, it could have saved a lot of trouble.

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