Hypnotherapist Perth runs courses in NLP Transforming Communication, Breathwork and Theatre Games. Theatre of the Oppressed (Forum theatre, Rainbow of Desire, Cops in the Head, Corporations in the head, Legislative theatre, Invisible Theatre) To Act – double meaning, spect-actor in theatre and social action in your own life.
Theatre is powerful, Images with our bodies, a picture tells a thousand words, truer expression of our feelings.
Theatre for Living: Theatre practitioner, David Diamond evolved TFL from Augusto Boal’s Theatre of the Oppressed (TO) and TO, in turn, evolved from Paulo Freire’s Pedagogy of the Oppressed. One of Freire’s most generative ideas was that education is always a political act functioning either as a “practice of domination” that perpetuates exclusion and injustice, a hierarchical relationship where the teacher is the authority and deposits knowledge into the student as in Freire’s ‘banking system’, or as a “practice of freedom”.
In the latter case, the students are engaged and present in the learning experience, connected to the process of building on what they know and, at the same time, co-creating and constructing conditions for social transformation. For Freire, the pedagogy of the oppressed must be forged with, not for, the oppressed with both individuals or groups, in the constant struggle to regain their humanity and discover their potential. According to Freire, the banking concept implies an assumption of a dichotomy between the world and the human being: a person is in the world, not with others or with the world.
“In this view, the person is not a conscious being (consciencization); he or she is the possessor of a consciousness: an empty “mind” passively open to the reception of deposits of reality from the world outside” (Freire, 1992, p.56). Boal created TO by applying Freire’s concepts for education to theatre. TO has become a tool for social change, conflict resolution, political activism and to tackle oppression. In Forum Theatre (a subset of TO) the spectator frees herself: thinking and acting for herself by becoming the ‘spect-actor’ (Boal, 1979, p.155) who aims to “stimulate the spectactor to leave her position of consumer of culture to become producer of culture OR instead of citizen, to become agent in the transformation of reality”.