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Our Workshops

We offer a variety of workshops to suit varying needs of participants - based on the time they can commit, their expectations from the workshop and their previous exposure to Theatre of the Oppressed.

Two-day workshop (with or without a Forum) : 

 This is by far our most popular format. Several groups of teachers, students and teacher trainers have found this model very useful. This two-day workshop will use several of the well known games and exercises from Boal's Games for Actors and Non Actors, and also introduce participants to some of the longer structures in Theatre of the Oppressed such as Image Theatre and Forum Theatre. 

The workshop is experiential, and the second day allows participants enough time to reflect, clarify doubts, and raise questions about application of TO in their work contexts.

Workshops leading to a Forum Theatre performance: 

3-4 workshops of 2 hours each leading to a Forum. This format was first used successfully with senior citizens’ groups who were keen on highlighting some of their issues through Forum Theatre.  Depending upon the group’s convenience, this can be done over 3-4 sessions or as an intensive 1 day programme. ( see option 3 below)

One-day workshop:

With or without a Forum: For those who find it difficult to commit to 2 full days, we offer a 1 day intensive workshop. Depending on the group’s physical and other kinds of readiness, it may be possible to attach a Forum to a 1 day workshop.

Three hour workshop: 

This workshop will serve as a basic introduction to Theatre of the Oppressed, and we recommend it for people who may wish to get a taste of this methodology before they opt for a longer workshop or a facilitator training.

A Course in Theatre of the Oppressed:

For students and teachers in schools or colleges, we offer a course in Theatre of the Oppressed, modelled on University credit courses. These run for a total of 15 hours, 30 hours, or longer.  The workshops are scheduled, depending on the convenience of the group, to take place over several days or weeks, with individual sessions of 2-3 hours.

The workshops are not planned as stand alone sessions, but building on each other in order to give groups a cumulative experience. We therefore recommend that the sessions be not too spread out. 

A six-day facilitator training: 

This workshop is for all those wishing to be trained in the use of Theatre of the Oppressed as a community education tool based on the liberatory pedagogy of Paulo Freire - NGO staff, artists, teachers, teacher trainers etc. Over 6 days, participants will be introduced to a wide variety of games, exercises and longer structures drawn from Boal's Games for Actors and Non Actors.  There will be in- depth  discussions of facilitation issues explained with reference to the theoretical fundamentals of Theatre of the Oppressed, and opportunities  to practise facilitation.