Part of the ‘Theatre of the Oppressed’ and created by Brazilian theatre director Augusto Boal, Forum Theatre is an applied drama technique and participatory theatre practice created to empower audience individuals to determine social change. Lead by an oppressive political and social background, Boal’s efforts consisted in establishing a dialog between audience and stage with the aim of exploring the real needs and issues of his community. The theatrical act by itself is a conscious intervention, a rehearsal for social action based on a collective analysis of shared problems of oppression.
The Intensive Forum Theatre Workshop
From time to time, Immersive Theatre is holding an Intensive Forum Theatre Workshop designed for artists and creatives from all walks of life, teachers and educators, social and cultural activists, charities representatives and anyone who is going to benefit from a deep insight into applied drama techniques.
Participants are being equipped with solid knowledge of the Forum Theatre technique and participatory theatre practices. In addition, they have the chance to explore means of devising dramatic content and narratives and gain ‘on site’ experience in facilitating creative programs for education purposes.
Other skills: conflict management and reconciliation, cross-cultural communication, negotiation and team building.
How it works: We called it Intensive Forum Theatre Workshop because we are committed to guide our participants through the whole process of creating and managing a forum theatre play, including the production of an actual piece of work to be delivered in front of the audience. This is why our workshop is suitable for established groups and as residency in theatres, organisations and companies. Full assistance is provided for research, writing the script and artistic direction.