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What is Theatre of the Oppressed?: Legislative Theatre

Excerpt from Theatre of Change:
Theatre of the Oppressed as an aesthetic tool for social and political change

by S. Leigh Thompson

Legislative Theatre is an extension of Boal’s Forum Theatre techniques and functions to determine the need for, create, and enact laws. Beyond community building and issue awareness,z Legislative Theatre uses theatrical techniques to create concrete and specific socio-political impact. “In the Legislative Theatre the aim is to bring the theatre back to the heart of the city, to produce not catharsis but dynamisation…The Legislative Theatre seeks to go further [than Forum Theatre] and to transform that desire in to law” (A. Boal, Legislatve Theatre 20). Boal explains that Forum allows community members to change their actions to change the world, but fully recognizes that sometimes there are boundaries to taking such action. Laws can work to suppress action; the absence of laws can ignore injustice. Through Legislative Theatre participants create bills that will address the oppression they face (A. Boal, Legislatve Theatre 9). Like much of Boal’s work, the Legislative Theatre faced considerable and often violent opposition as it was practiced in Brazil, “ a reaction that arguably might itself testify to the works’ potency” (Babbage 29).
What is Theatre of the Oppressed?: Legislative Theatre

Excerpt from Theatre of Change:
Theatre of the Oppressed as an aesthetic tool for social and political change

by S. Leigh Thompson

Legislative Theatre is an extension of Boal’s Forum Theatre techniques and functions to determine the need for, create, and enact laws. Beyond community building and issue awareness,z Legislative Theatre uses theatrical techniques to create concrete and specific socio-political impact. “In the Legislative Theatre the aim is to bring the theatre back to the heart of the city, to produce not catharsis but dynamisation…The Legislative Theatre seeks to go further [than Forum Theatre] and to transform that desire in to law” (A. Boal, Legislatve Theatre 20). Boal explains that Forum allows community members to change their actions to change the world, but fully recognizes that sometimes there are boundaries to taking such action. Laws can work to suppress action; the absence of laws can ignore injustice. Through Legislative Theatre participants create bills that will address the oppression they face (A. Boal, Legislatve Theatre 9). Like much of Boal’s work, the Legislative Theatre faced considerable and often violent opposition as it was practiced in Brazil, “ a reaction that arguably might itself testify to the works’ potency” (Babbage 29).

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