“Theatre is a form of knowledge; it should and can also be a means of transforming society. Theatre can help us build our future, rather than just waiting for it.” Augusto Boal
Forum theatre derives from the work of Brazilian man Augusto Boal, a theater practitioner, drama theorist, and political activist. The strategy uses theatre as a tool to engage and to provoke thought and discussion by breaking through the barrier between performers and audience. It enables participants to try out courses of action which could be applicable to their everyday lives. Originally the technique was developed by Boal as a political tool for change but has been widely adapted for use in educational contexts.
Training etc.uses forum theatre for the same outcome – to engage audiences/participants and provoke thought and discussion. It uses reflective narrative to reflect the audience’s current experience and then asks the audience to rewrite the narrative to create a different outcome. The process is often as important as the finished product. Here is a rough guide for the process: