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Forum Theatre

A dramaturgy of collective questioning

Authored by: Inês Barbosa , Vanesa Camarda , Paul Dwyer

The Routledge Companion to Theatre of the Oppressed

Print publication date:  February  2019
Online publication date:  February  2019

Print ISBN: 9781138291027
eBook ISBN: 9781315265704
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In Forum Theatre, the most well-known practice in Theatre of the Oppressed (TO), a play or scene investigating an oppression first unfolds once from start to finish. Then the play begins again, with an invitation to spectators to halt the action, replace characters, and rehearse alternative ways to struggle against the oppressions depicted. Interventions and audience discussion combine for a collective investigation of a problem, facilitated by the figure of the joker, a “wildcard” or “difficultator,” a term Augusto Boal sometimes used to underscore notions of questioning, deepening, and complicating. In this chapter we share responses to a range of questions from three experienced Forum Theatre practitioners. 1

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