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Breaking Patterns, Creating Change

Why do we have this page?

Sometimes people ask us “Why should I do a workshop called ‘Theatre of the oppressed’, I do not feel oppressed”, and we say “Many have found it useful, so perhaps you will too.  Why don’t you do the Workshop and see for yourself what TO (Theatre of the Oppressed) is all about?”.

But, given the novelty of this medium – 95 % of the people who did our workshops had not heard of TO -   we thought it best to reproduce some of the feedback we get, to help those trying to decide whether they wanted to attend a TO workshop.

At the end of each of our workshops, participants have shared their insights and experiences and we  have felt good because the overall feedback appeared to be positive. But it seemed necessary to have something more concrete to base our impressions on, and so we started giving out written feedback forms at the end of our workshops.

Another important reason for documenting our feedback so systematically is the different  contexts in which we at CCDC use it -  in urban settings, in mainstream education and Medical Humanities. Hardly any documentation is available for the use of TO in these contexts in India. 

Up until August 2012, most of our workshops were conducted primarily in English. Discussions among the CCDC team members led us to believe that the mother tongue is often more effective and more comfortable for many participants. In August 2012, we stared using a mix of local languages. We also encouraged participants to write their feedback in the language of their choice. We have since noted that the depth of thought , feelings and emotions expressed by participants giving feedback in their native tongue was often qualitatively different from Feedback that was written in English.

All Feedback was voluntary and participants had the option of being anonymous.

One of the questions in our feedback form is:

“Would you recommend this workshop to others?” 
98%  of answers so far:  “Yes”

We continue to learn from the feedback from every workshop and are very grateful to our participants for the effort they put into reflecting on their experience and helping us with useful comments and suggestions.

Read on! 

Dec. 2017 Theatre and Pedagogy of the Oppressed workshop for final year students of Journalism, Mount Carmel College, Bangalore 
June 2017 Oxford Mental Health Workshops 
June2017 Six Day Training Bangalore
May 2017 Agastya - Gifted  Children
April2017 Fountainhead School, Surat
June 2016 Six Day Training, Bangalore
May 2014  Six Day Training, Bangalore
April 2014 Two day Workshop -JSS Medical College: Medical Students and Medical Teachers 
April 2014 One day Workshop KARMIC - Indian National Medical Students Conference
Dec  2013 Six Day Training, Mumbai
August 2013  Visiting students from University of Washington, Seattle 
June 2013 Workshop for Portland community, Portland, Oregon, USA
June 2013 Workshop for community from Seattle area, Seattle, Washington, USA 
June 2013 Six Day Training 
May 2013 ICICI Fellows
April 2013 Ananya School
April 2013 Karur 1 - First Workshop for Women activists of Karur District of Tamil Nadu
April 2013 MEDICON - Medical Students Conference, New Delhi
March 2013 Poorna Learning Centre - Students - Bengaluru   
Jan 2013 Poorna Learning Centre - School teachers - Bengaluru     
Dec 2012 Pre primary teachers of Muktangan School, Mumbai     
Dec 2012 B.A. Performing Arts Course, Christ University, Bengaluru    
Dec 2012  Sahabhaga Festival of Participatory Performance, Bengaluru   
Nov 2012  MSc Clinical Psychology Course, Christ University, Bengaluru  
Nov 2012 SevenHills Hospital , Mumbai 
Oct 2012 Thamarai International School, Thanjavur 
Sept 2012 Regional Institute of English South India Teacher Trainees
August 2012 One-day workshop for Primary Teachers of SIES High School, Mumbai 
June 2012 Two, two-day workshops for Teachers of Shishuvan School, Mumbai
June 2012 Six-day Facilitator Training Workshop, Bangalore    
April 2012    Two, two-day workshops for M.A. (Dev.) course, Azim Premji Univ, Bengaluru    
April 2012 Three day workshop for Medical Students and Faculty at KIST MC, Kathamandu
Feb 2012   Two hour workshop for Teacher Trainers of DSERT, Bengaluru   
January 2012  Three day workshop for students at the Kasturba Medical College, Manipal 
January 2012 Three day workshop for students at the Manipal Institute of Communication, Manipal 
January 2012 Two day workshop for teachers of the Bombay International School, Mumbai.
Dec 2011 Two day workshop for Medical students and  Faculty, doctors, Psychologists, community workers organised by the Medical Humanities Cell, GS Medical College and KEM Hospital, Mumbai
Nov 2011 Two-hour Forum Theatre Play on Dementia, Rotary Senior Citizens Group,  Bengaluru
August 2011 One day workshop for Students of Univ. of Washington led by Dr. Anu Taranath Prof. in English Dept. & the Comparative History of Ideas Program, and Students of Mount Carmel college, Bengaluru
August 2011 Two day Workshop for Medical Students at Univ. Coll. of Med. Sciences, New Delhi
Jul-Aug 2011 Six week credit course for students at Mount Carmel College, Bengaluru
June 2011 Two day workshop for Teachers at SIES High School, Mumbai