Drawing on the legacy of Paulo Freire and the insights of Antonio Gramsci, this book provides new ways of working with communities which put people at the heart of the development agenda. In addition, it offers a strong theoretical basis for action and an insight into the practical application of popular education methods and is based upon strong traditions of practice experience from both the developing and developed worlds. The book is structured so that the theory and practice are integrated. Each chapter provides key discussion points, practice examples, learning activities and a summary of content and learning points.

Theatre of the Oppressed

Theatre of the oppressed

Chapter Objectives

This chapter explores a drama-based approach to the popular education aims of developing critical consciousness and collective action developed by Augusto Boal. In particular it examines three of his main techniques – Image Theatre, Forum Theatre and Invisible Theatre - and how they can be effectively used in the context of youth and community work.

This approach provides useful theoretical and practical tools to enable workers to successfully undertake the key role in youth work which is to:

[e]nable young people to develop holistically, working with them to facilitate their personal, social and educational development, to enable them to develop their voice, influence and place in society and to reach their full potential.

(LLUK, 2008, p3)

It will also enable ...

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