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Kildare County Council Arts Service

Theatre of the oppressed

Theatre of the Oppressed comprises of a series of theatre techniques that focus on the systematic and intentional use of dramatic processes for progressive change.  The Forum theatre is used - a crossroad between an assembly and a social gathering, a political reunion and theatre. 

Spectators of a forum theatre session are ‘spect-actors’.  They are no longer passive beings to whom it is denied the possibility of replying.  They are invited to replace the protagonist, in order to find a solution or alternatives to the oppression shown on the stage, which he and many others people from the assistance, suffer.  This very simple presentation of what forum-theatre is, cannot hide the fact that there is an important theory and practice, which sustains this form of theatre. 

This introductory workshop is divided in three parts: Physical Exercises to Ide-mechanize the body;  Improvisation Exercises, introducing the basic tools in order to make theatre;  Forum -Theatre Technique and creation of forum-plays.

Riverbank Arts Centre

Wed 15th, Thurs 16th, Friday 17th, Sun 19th November 2006, 11- 4pm
‘Introduction to the Techniques of Theatre of The Oppressed".

Saturday 18th November 2006,  11 am
Public Lecture
'Origins and Development of Theatre of the Oppressed'.

The workshop and lecture is opened to actors and non-actors

The Theatre of the Oppressed workshop and lecture are free of charge, but booking is essential

Contact Kildare County Arts Service Tel:  045-448318,
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Julian Boal, is a translator, filmmaker, and Theatre of the Oppressed trainer.  Theatre of the Oppressed repertory was developed by Brazilian director, popular educator and Workers Party activist Augusto Boal. 

Julians interactive approach to theatrical expression emphasizes physical dialogues,  non-verbal imagery, consensus-building and problem-solving processes, and techniques for developing awareness of both external and internalized forms of oppression.  Based in France, he travels extensively worldwide investigating the theory and practice of Theatre of the Oppressed


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