Theatre of the Oppressed

The Theatre of the Oppressed describes theatrical forms that the Brazilian theatre practitioner Augusto Boal first elaborated in the 1960s, initially in Brazil and later in Europe. Boal was influenced by the work of the educator and theorist Paulo Freire. Boal’s techniques use theatre as means of promoting social and political change. In the Theatre of the Oppressed, the audience becomes active, such that as “spect-actors” they explore, show, analyse and transform the reality in which they are living.

Alice Lovelace Useful discussion about the evolution of Boal’s Theatre of the Oppressed.

Artfilms Purchasing details for 1995 Boal video documentary.

Drama Victoria Ronaldo Morelos, producer of a video documentary on Boal in 1995, discusses his personal experiences of Augusto Boal and his Theatre of the Oppressed (archived version).

Douglas Paterson A brief introduction to Boal and his Theatre of the Oppressed workshops.

Douglas Paterson Useful description of the structure of Theatre of the Oppressed workshops.

Encyclopedia of Informal Education Brief outline of Boal and Theatre of the Oppressed.

Kevin A. Harris Academic paper on the life of Augusto Boal and the development of the Theatre of the Oppressed.

Michael Soth Account of a workshop with children on how to use Boal’s Forum Theatre to better explore the nature of fighting (archived version).

New York University Description and contact details of various theatre groups in the United States who focus on Boal’s Theatre of the Oppressed techniques.

Theatre of the Oppressed Laboratory Useful article discussing the place of Theatre of the Oppressed games and exercises in the school curriculum.

Theatre of the Oppressed Laboratory Brief explanation of Boal’s Forum Theatre

Theatre of the Oppressed Laboratory Explanation of Boal’s political theatre.

Theatre of the Oppressed Laboratory Brief example of Boal’s Image Theatre.

Theatre of the Oppressed Laboratory Article examining the Theatre of the Oppressed Laboratory’s role with Boal and his work.

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