Theatre of the Oppressed



Dan Skili is a facilitator of:

Augusto Boal's 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'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.


Forum Theatre

Forum Theatre is a type of theatre created by Boal as part of what he calls his "Theatre of the Oppressed." Boal created Forum theatre as a forum for teaching people how to change their world. While practicing earlier in his career, Boal would apply 'simultaneous dramaturgy'. In this process the actors or audience members could stop a performance, often a short scene in which a character was being oppressed in some way. The audience would suggest different actions for the actors to carry out on-stage in an attempt to change the outcome of what they were seeing. This was an attempt to undo the traditional actor partition and bring audience members into the performance, to have an input into the dramatic action they were watching.


Rainbow of Desire 

Rainbow of Desire is a technique and also a family of techniques created by Boal. Rainbow techniques stem from Image theatre and tend to focus on forms of internalised oppression played out by a protagonist in relation to an antagonist. While in his earlier work Boal eschewed the use of Theatre of the Oppressed as "drama therapy", he later began to espouse these more introspective techniques as a form of "theatre and therapy."



Dan Skili is also a facilitator of:

Playback Theatre

Playback is the theatre of the unexpected. It takes the audience on a journey through each others' hearts and minds. Surprising stories spring into magical life, words are made flesh and the everyday brings forth epics. 

Playback is simple - audience members tell stories from their lives and the actors improvise and act out ( play back ) the story. Stories may be funny or tragic, "trivial" or life changing, themes may develop, or the show may contain a roller-coaster variety of stories. 

For the storyteller the experience may be a bit of fun, or it may help him or her see events in their life in a different way or it may have a profound therapeutic effect.

For the audience a playback show is always entertaining and enlightening. It may bring the group together, it may help to illustrate issues, provoke discussion and lead to solutions to problems.

Playback is, in its essence a primeval activity. A group of people meet together and tell stories. As the show progresses they gradually learn about each other, they grow closer, they share their hopes and fears, reveal their joys and insecurities. Share their lives.

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