Augusto Boal

Augusto Boal

Augusto Boal

Augusto Boal

Synopsis

The work of Augusto Boal has had a tremendous impact on contemporary theatre. This volume looks at the scope of Boal's career - from his early work as a playwright and director in Sao Paulo in the 1950s, to the development of his groundbreaking manifesto in the 1970s for a 'Theatre of the Oppressed'. Augusto Boal will be fascinating reading for anyone interested in the role that theatre can play in stimulating social and personal change. This useful study combines:*a biographical and historical overview of Boal's career as theatre practitioner and director*in-depth analysis of Boal's classic text on radical theatre, The Theatre of the Oppressed *exploration of training and production techniques*practical guidance to Boal's workshop methods.

Excerpt

Augusto Boal (1931-) is unquestionably one of the most important and influential of contemporary theatre practitioners. Early in his career he achieved critical recognition for his innovative work as playwright and director at the Arena Theatre of São Paulo. His now classic text Theatre of the Oppressed, written when the repressive political climate of Brazil in the late 1960s and early 1970s had forced him into exile, could be considered essential reading for anyone engaged with the question of whether theatre might be able to effect transformations in people's lives. The flexibility and accessibility of Boal's methods have encouraged widespread dissemination. Theatre of the Oppressed techniques have been applied, adapted and reinvented by practitioners all over the world. Directly and indirectly, his practice has entered contexts as diverse as political protest, education, therapy, prison, health, management and local government, as well as infiltrating the mainstream theatre establishment - and the list goes on.

This book provides an introduction to Boal's work in its various manifestations. The principal focus is upon the Theatre of the Oppressed, since it is this above all which has established his reputation. This first chapter outlines Boal's life and career to date, contextualising Theatre of the Oppressed's birth and subsequent developments. Chapter 2 examines Boal's most famous - and controversial - work of theatre theory and explains its relationship to his practice.

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