“Boal and his work are marvelous examples of the post-modern situation-its problems and its opportunities. Twice exiled, Boal is ‘at home’ now wherever he. Augusto Boal () believed that people can use theatre to challenge the oppression they face in everyday life. Augusto Boal As created by Brazilian theatre visionary and Nobel Peace Prize nominee, Augusto Boal (), Theatre of the Oppressed (T.O.) is a form of .

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Boal argues that this is an extraordinarily rich technique that has many variants: Published by OR Books.

It is also practiced on a grassroots level by teachers, social workers, therapists, and activists all over the world.

Boal was an avid supporter of utilizing interactive techniques, especially in the context of theatre. They will also be prepared to detect the poison infiltrating the pages of those photo-stories, or boa comics and other forms of cultural and ideological theatr. Thus, Boal’s current manifestation of Forum theatre is as follows: The National medical journal of India.

It is then replayed with the audience invited to stop the action, replace the character they feel is oppressed, struggling, or lacking power, and improvise alternative solutions. Retrieved 15 April The whole process is designed to be dialecticcoming to a conclusion through the consideration of opposing arguments, rather than didacticin which the moral argument is one-sided and pushed from the actors with no chance of reply or counter-argument.


In this remarkable classic work on radical drama, Augusto Boal exposes the machinations that the ruling classes exercised on theatre to take control out of the hands of ordinary citizens.

Tree of the Theatre of the Oppressed. What is the Theatre of the Oppressed TO? Theatre of the Oppressed techniques include: They are devised to help anyone to make a theatrical scene using a piece of news from a newspaper, or from any other written material, like reports of an political meeting, texts from the Bible, from the Constitution of a country, the Declaration of Human Rights, etc. He shows how Brechtian and Marxian drama reverses this trend The participant describes that incident, which is then reconstructed and re-enacted with other participants of his choosing.

It is also practiced on a grassroots level by community organizers, activists, teachers, social workers, cultural animators, and more. These techniques eventually coalesced into different theatrical styles, each using a different process to achieve a different result. This is a term created by Augusto Boal to describe those engaged in Forum theatre. Augusto Boal is an innovative and influential Brazilian theatrical director, writer, pedagogue and politician. The idea is that others will help groups organize themselves and create new centers for Theatres of the Oppressed.

Selected pages Title Page. It is a direct intervention in society, on a precise theme of general interest, to provoke debate and to clarify the problem that must be solved. Afterward each character is broken down into their social roles and the participants are asked to choose a physical object to symbolize each role.

Theater of the Oppressed – Augusto Boal – Google Books

A particular story interpreted and acted out may be a predictable, pathetic one, however at the same time this result serves as a magnificent example of ideological augysto.


Through this method, the participants will realize that human actions are not the exclusive and primitive result of human psychology; the individual speaks of their class as well. Forum Theatre A problem-solving technique in which an unresolved scene of oppression is presented.

This will eliminate any notions of the ruling class and the theatre solely portraying their ideals while the audience members are the passive victims of those images.

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Some 13 laws were created through legislative theatre during Boal’s time in government. If and when the oppression has been overthrown by the spect-actors, the production changes again: Cedoc – Funarte Contributed by Levana Saxon. The conflict that results helps to measure the possibility one has to resist in situations where one fails to do so, as well as to measure the true strength of the enemy. The theatre itself is not revolutionary; but it offers a chance to rehearse for revolution.

He also shares with the participants some of the ludic exercises included in Games for Actors and Non-Actors.

This will cause different scenarios to play out even though the confession is the same.