In February 2012, I joined a group of over 30 theatre and visual artists, facilitators, youth and community development workers to complete ‘Theatre of the Oppressed Facilitation Skills’.
Theatre of the Oppressed is a powerful tool for tackling social and personal oppressions and exploring possible solutions by empowering the audience to become spect-actors in the journey to resolution. Theatre of the Oppressed is a genre developed by Brazilian director, performer and social activist, Agusto Boal and now practiced world wide.
Forum Theatre is a participatory theatre technique within the Theatre of the Oppressed genre in which the audience take an active part in problem solving dilemmas experienced by characters on stage.
This training course was accredited at FETAC Level 5 by City of Galway VEC and supported by the National University of Galway and Alá Community Theatre, Galway. The Course Coordinator was Sarah O’Toole. Seminal guest tutors included Julian Boal, Adrian Jackson, Gavin Crichton and Annette Tierney.
More information on the course and tutors can be found here.
Series of Interventions in a store window on a principal street during Kilkenny Arts Festival exploring voyeurism, the spectacle, private experience and public ownership by the artist at Kilkenny Arts Festival 2002