Theatre of the Oppressed (TO) is a powerful and dynamic use of theatre used to examine and challenge abusive behaviour, first in the rehearsal room then in real life. Pioneered by Brazilian theatre maker, Augusto Boal TO has become a key approach to making theatre with people who are excluded from the mainstream of life.
Next Workshop 14-16 March 2014: Theatre of the Oppressed – An introductory training weekend delivered at Mind the Gap’s Studios by Artistic Director Tim Wheeler, Mind the Gap’s founder, a leading practitioner of Theatre of the Oppressed (TO) and one of Boal’s best-known students.
About the course
This 2.5 day course will explore TO and its techniques in a studio environment.
Tim will share his experience of exploring anti-oppressive practice with a wide range of people of all ages and backgrounds, as well as his own specialism in relation to learning disability and mental health.
Aimed at professional and emerging arts practitioners, the course will also be relevant to those working within mental health, learning disabilities, young offenders and other under-represented community groups.
Friday – Meet and eat: 5.30pm –The official start to the course and the perfect opportunity to get to know your fellow students.
Session 1 – 7pm – 9pm
Saturday – Session 2 – 9-5pm
Dinner and discussion -5:30 – 7pm
Sunday – Session 3 – 9-3pm
Lunch is included on the Saturday and Sunday.
Tim has been using TO techniques to create professional work with learning disabled actors for the past 20 years. Mind the Gap hosted a training programme delivered by Boal in 1992, and Boal himself talks about Tim’s involvement in his work in his book ‘Legislative Theatre’, published in 1998. Tim has delivered TO training in mainland Europe as well as Brazil, Canada, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, India and USA in Forum Theatre and Rainbow of Desire. This is the first opportunity to take part in Tim’s TO training at the heart of his Theatre Company, Mind the Gap.
Option A – including accommodation – £350 per person
Option B – not including accommodation – £250 per person
Accommodation will be provided at, The Midland Hotel, central Bradford.