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Theatre of the Oppressed: A Basic Skills Workshop

April 11th, 2013     by Julia Horel     Comments

Theatre of the Oppressed: A Basic Skills Workshop Wednesday May 8, 6 pm - 8 pm $10 /PWYC Academy of the Impossible, 231 Wallace Avenue Facebook Event Page:

This school of theatre conceived and popularized by Augusto Boal, has had a life of its own in India for the past four decades. The workshop will provide skills in basic theatre of the oppressed techniques. This will involve working with voice, body and improvisation. This school of theatre, based on using theatre for social change, believes in theatre done with the most minimal resources and one’s body being the most important tool. It is believed that the process of creation is as important as the final performance. In line with these basic principles, adapted to and changed by folk forms from Tamil Nadu, India, the workshop will include a set of exercises that trains participants in numerous physical exercises and also to work through social concerns using theatrical tools. It will provide the opportunity for participants to evolve a brief improvised performance at the end of the workshop.

The Theatre of the Oppressed: A Basic Skills Workshop will be led by Ponni Arasu. Please come prepared to do physical work. Previous theatrical experience is not required. Exercises can be adapted to varying abilities and any default ‘able bodies’ are not a prerequisite for this workshop. Please wear comfortable clothes that you can get dirty.

This event is part of Mayworks Festival 2013 (see below for more information). It is being co-presented by The Academy of the Impossible and co-sponsored by Shameless Magazine.

Tickets and Registration Information: Tickets to the event are $10/PWYC. Preregistration required; maximum Participants 15. First come first serve. To register, please email with the subject line “Theatre of the Oppressed”.

More information: The Mayworks Festival of Working People and the Arts is a multi-disciplinary arts festival that celebrates working class culture. This year’s festival will take place from May 1-15, 2013. Visit for more information.

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