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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.We have offered it to teachers, students and teacher trainers. 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.

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. 

Workshops to lead to a Forum performance: 

3-4 workshops of 2 hours each leading to a Forum: This format was first used successfully with senior citizens’ groups who were mainly interested in doing a Forum performance.  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 ‘taste’ a little before they opt for a longer workshop.

An extended course in TO:

For students and teachers in schools or colleges, we offer a course in TO, modelled on University credit courses. These run for a total of 15 hours, 30 hours, or longer.  This is scheduled to suit the convenience of the group, and could take place over several days, with individual sessions of 3 hours at least.
The workshop games and exercises are planned to give a cumulative experience, each building on the other. 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- NGO staff, community workers, teachers, teacher trainers etc. Over 6 days, participants will be introduced to a wide variety of games, exercises and longer structures in TO, with in- depth debrief sessions, and given opportunities  to practise facilitation.