Legislative Theatre: Using Performance to Make Politics

Legislative Theatre: Using Performance to Make Politics

Legislative Theatre: Using Performance to Make Politics

Legislative Theatre: Using Performance to Make Politics

Synopsis

Augusto Boal's reputation is now moving beyond the realms of theatre and drama therapy, bringing him to the attention of a wider public. Legislative Theatre is the latest and most remarkable stage in his work. 'Legislative Theatre' is an attempt to use Boal's method of 'Forum Theatre' within a political system to create a truer form of democracy. It is an extraordinary experiment in the potential of theatre to affect social change.At the heart of his method of Forum Theatre is the dual meaning of the verb 'to act': to perform and to take action. Forum Theatre invites members of the audience to take the stage and decide the outcome, becoming an integral part of the performance. As a politician in his native Rio de Janeiro, Boal used Forum Theatre to motivate the local populace in generating relevant legislation. In Legislative Theatre Boal creates new, theatrical, and truly revolutionary ways of involving everyone in the democratic process.This book includes:* a full explanation of the genesis and principles of Legislative Theatre* a description of the process in operation in Rio* Boal's essays, speeches and lectures on popular theatre, Paolo Freire, cultural activism, the point of playwrighting, and much else besides.

Excerpt

This is a beta version…an interactive book… It relates the first five years of an unfinished experiment… this is a work in the making…and it is still growing…

BUT… what is a beta version?

When a new computer software program is released while still in an experimental stage, it is known as a Beta version. the objective is to collect opinions, information and suggestions from experienced practitioners with a view to preparing a first definitive edition of the same program. Since at the time of writing we are still in the middle of the Legislative Theatre experiment, in the thick of it, everything presented or posited here remains at a stage of development and is open to correction. Collaborate with us!

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