The Dialectics of Theatre of the Oppressed During Augusto Boal’s Portuguese Exile

Authored by: Paulo Bio Toledo

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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As soon as the Portuguese Revolution broke out on April 25, 1974, Augusto Boal’s reflections on theatre and society began to be read with great interest there. 1 Less than two months after the military captains of the Armed Forces Movement (MFA, in Portuguese) entered Lisbon and put an end to 48 years of fascist dictatorship in the country, Boal’s text Categorias de teatro popular 2 was published in the Revista Cinéfilo magazine in Lisbon. That same year, theatre critic Carlos Porto began a long exchange of letters with the Brazilian director (then exiled in Argentina) inviting him to collaborate with Portuguese theatre amid the revolutionary process.

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