Theatre of the Oppressed Laboratory
We would like to invite you to be part of the amazing Theatre of the Oppressed workshop in the weekend of 14th-15th of April. This intense workshop is the beginning of a journey to discover techniques of empowerment such as Image Theatre, Forum Theatre and Invisible Theatre, all under the umbrella of Theatre of the Oppressed. The goal of our Laboratory is to engage its participants in conversation on social justice, unveil their hidden assumptions, crack the open status-quo, and experiment and create solutions to respond to injustice.
Theatre is political! Theatre is a tool! We are all actors and spectactors. We can all fight. Everyone is welcome to participate in the workshop.
We can all decide together how, when and which direction(s) our collective actions will take. We can either form a group on the basis of common social perspectives or move further to schools, informal/formal groups and communities in which we are active. This is an imagined starting point to those who want to take our theatre exercises beyond the Lab and align the world to our values to make it better and safer.
Some weekly meetings should be expected after the first session. We would like to prepare a theatre play for a bigger audience, once we are familiar with some tools. Our goal is to grasp and live the effects of the theatre of the oppressed outside of the initial set-up.
We learn better when we face each other. Let's hit the stage of society and bring to light the power imbalances!
We suggest bringing comfortable clothes, warm socks, snacks and water, because the workshop is going to be long. Don't worry! We will take breaks and lot of fun also!
Would be great to be available to attend both days of workshop:
Saturday, 14th of April: from 4 PM to 8 PM
Sunday, 15th of April: from 4 PM to 8 PM
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Theatre of the Oppressed is a range of techniques, games and exercises, using embodied narrative to support the empowerment and liberation of individuals and their communities. The approach was developed by Augusto Boal in South America, and has since been used all over the world in the building of community, to dynamize social engagement, and to support individuals to realise their creative potential for personal and social transformation.
“Theatre is a form of knowledge; it should and can also be a means of transforming society. Theatre can help us build our future, rather than just waiting for it.” – Augusto Boal, Games For Actors & Non-Actors
In essence, it utilises theatre in order to generate solutions to real problems, create dialogue where before there was only monologue, and ultimately “humanise humanity” by enabling people to develop the skills and faculties to liberate themselves and others. It creates space for a rehearsal for life. It is a way of analysing the power dynamics of our society and our personal relationships, purporting that personal problems are social problems.
The building is currently not wheelchair accessible, unfortunately, but it is our top priority to make it so. An architect is already working on drawing a ramp and making an accessible bathroom in the space.
There is a step before the garden gate and then 5 steps leading to the main entrance, each 17 cm high, door widths in the building vary between 50 cm (upstairs washroom door) and 80 cm (entrance door), and the washrooms are so far only on the upper floor and in the basement. The door to the meeting room is 75 cm wide (as most other doors in the building).
Both washrooms in the building are gender neutral.