All Pre- and Post- Conference Workshops
- PRE-CONFERENCE WORKSHOP: The Dramaturgy of Forum Theatre: Exploring New Possibilities (3 days)
The Dramaturgy of Forum Theatre: Exploring New Possibilities (3 days)
a 3-day practical workshop with Julian Boal
This dynamic, practical theatre workshop welcomes everyone from beginners to longtime facilitators. The workshop asks: How do you frame a question in Forum Theatre? In other words, participants will try out ways to approach Forum Theatre dramaturgy. Forum Theatre plays are questions addressed to audiences.
We–the facilitators or jokers–don’t have the right to answer those questions, but we have a responsibility to help frame them. Not all questions are equally useful, ethical, or responsible in Forum Theatre. For example, to ask what a specific woman can do at the very moment she is under the threat of being beaten up by her husband reinforces the dangerous idea that she is personally responsible for that violence–or for stopping it herself. For a play to ask that question puts the burden on the individual without examining larger systems, and often without attention to the complexity of a situation: “She should leave her husband.” “She should cool him down.” “She should fight back.” A woman has the right to make any choice to stop the violence, but for a play to stress the possibility of choosing without questioning the concrete options we do (or don’t) have in a situation is to fall under the Nike ideology: “Just do it!”
Participants will gain practical experience with a variety of Theatre of the Oppressed techniques and will share Forum Theatre scenes at the opening of the 21st Annual PTO Conference on the night of Thursday, June 11, 2015.