Topic 3 Theatre of the Oppressed techniques

TO can be broken into different techniques. Here is a list of the most popular ones:

  1. Image theatre: creating a tableau or frozen image on stage that represents a particular idea or theme. The performers arrange themselves in a still position, like a snapshot, to convey a particular concept or situation. This technique allows for a powerful visual representation of emotions, relationships, or social issues. Once the image is established, it can be further explored and analyzed through movement and dialogue. The performers may use their bodies, gestures, and facial expressions to bring the image to life and delve deeper into its meaning.
  2. Forum theatre: presenting a short play or scene that depicts a situation of oppression or conflict. This participatory technique form of theatre typically involves presenting a short play or scene that depicts a situation where there is inequality, injustice, or some form of conflict. After the initial performance, the scene is performed again, but this time, audience members are encouraged to interact with the actors and even step into the scene as “spect-actors.” They can stop the action at any point, take the place of a character, and suggest alternative solutions or interventions to change the outcome of the scene. Forum theatre fosters dialogue, empowers the audience to be active participants, and explores possibilities for social change.
  3. Play making: playmaking is a process of creating original plays through collaboration between students and their teacher. It involves students actively  in the development of the play from start to finish, from script writing and the creation of characters, to the staging of the play. Since playmaking  allows the generation of ideas and shaping of overall narrative, it is thought to encourage creativity, critical thinking, and teamwork. This technique empowers students to express their own voices, explore important themes or issues that resonate with them, and bring their ideas to life on stage.