Forum Theatre Training Week
Monday 23rd March – Friday 27th March 2015
Location: North Wales TBC
Led by: Iwan Brioc, renowned Forum Theatre practitioner and trainer
Throughout this intensive week long course, participants will investigate the theory and practice of Forum Theatre. A number of simple games and exercises centred on trust, confidence and group integration will be introduced enabling participants to possibly shadow, or lead paid workshop sessions, with support, for Community Music Wales upcoming funded project in partnership with GISDA & CAIS, or deliver FT within their own group or communities. Participants will look at how to devise a Forum Theatre piece and how to conduct a public Forum session. The week will culminate with a performance of the Forum Theatre pieces devised by the group to an invited audience of friends. Reference will also be made to Legislative Theatre practice. Legislative Theatre is a method in which Forum Theatre is used as a basis for the formulation of policy, rules or legislation, in any body from school to government.
Who is it for? Anyone interested in using theatre as a tool for debate and social change with communities; theatre practitioners, social activists, teachers, community workers, youth works. No experience necessary.
Cost : £50 / £30 concessions – N.B. This specialist training is funded, and would normally cost £450 Places are limited, fill out an application form, which can be requested from firstname.lastname@example.org
Iwan Brioc – Trainer: Iwan Brioc is one of the most experienced Theatre of the Oppressed practitioners, having utilised the techniques (which include Forum Theatre, Rainbow of Desires, and Image Theatre) with diverse communities to create dynamic platforms for personal, institutional and social change. He is Artistic Director of Theatr Cynefin, the Wales based company that has pioneered Sensory Labyrinth Theatre and is Director of Research and Practice for the international network, The Republic of the Imagination which acts as a meeting point for the development of Context Oriented Theatre. He is from Cardiff and is bi-lingual.
Forum theatre is a type of theatre created by the innovative and influential practitioner Augusto Boal as part of what he calls his “Theatre of the Oppressed.” Boal created Forum theatre as a forum for teaching people how to change their world. In this process the actors or audience members could stop a performance, often a short scene in which a character was being oppressed in some way. The audience would suggest different actions for the actors to carry out on-stage in an attempt to change the outcome of what they were seeing. This was an attempt to undo the traditional actor partition and bring audience members into the performance, to have an input into the dramatic action they were watching. In 2006 it has been recorded as the most used way to help new people in the theatre.