Theatre of the Oppressed
Theatre of the Oppressed is used throughout A Mind Apart and our work. Originating from Brazil, in its purest form the technique is a political and social theatre used to challenge the participants and where they are in their lives. A Mind Apart uses a range of techniques and exercises from the theory to work with participants of all ages, encouraging them to look at situations they are facing and what is stopping them from achieving what they want.
A Mind Apart use Forum Theatre within our educational work integrating it with our Theatre in Education work. Forum theatre uses a performance that is performed by actors around a chosen issue. The audience are encouraged to discuss the performance and are invited to come onto the stage and take the place of the main characters to explore how they can change the characters decisions to improve the outcome of the performance. A dialogue around the subject area is created.
Jodie Marshall, Founder and Managing Director of A Mind Apart specialises in Theatre of the Oppressed and regularly uses the technique in England and Brazil. Studying and practicing the technique for many years she thoroughly understands the value and power it can have within communities when used correctly, and supports A Mind Apart with integrating such a technique into the regular work of A Mind Apart.
If you are interested in Theatre of the Oppressed or would like to know more about the workshops we can offer using this technique, please contact us via our contact page.