By Augusto Boal
The booklet units out the rules and prctice of Boal's innovative technique, exhibiting how theatre can be utilized to remodel and free up each person - actors and non-actors alike.
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At that moment she was at one and the same time, actor and spectator. She was spect-actor. In discovering theatre, the being became human. This is theatre – the art of looking at ourselves. Theatre of the Oppressed is theatre in this most archaic application of the word. ). They are spect-actors. This book is a systematisation of exercises (physical monologues), games (physical dialogues) and techniques of Image Theatre, designed to be used both by actors (those who make acting their profession or craft) and non-actors (that is, everybody).
Neither am I! B. 9 PREFACE TO THE SECOND EDITION replacements could be made on both sides, since both sides claimed to be the oppressed party. Soon we understood that Forum was not enough to deal with those questions because it is in the nature of Forum to work on objective, visible, well-known oppressions – this made us try out other forms of Theatre of the Oppressed, other possible theatrical structures that could help us to understand more complex situations, no longer just those considered well known and obvious to all, as was the case at ﬁrst with Forum.
This book concentrates on the preparation of models to be played in Forum by anyone willing to speak using theatre as a language, and also on the preparation of plays to be played in front of ‘normal’ audiences, by professional actors. Even so, it contains a few embryos of those more internal techniques. This book is a practical introduction to all the forms of Theatre of the Oppressed. All these forms are complementary, because human beings are complex and not so easy to understand as we would like them to be.