Breaking the Silence (Levels 1 & 2)

A Theatre of the Oppressed Workshop

Date & Time
Level 1
14 - 17 Nov 2023 (9am - 6pm)
18 Nov 2023 (1 - 10pm)

Level 2
21 - 24 Nov 2023 (9am - 6pm)
25 Nov 2023 (1 - 10pm)

Multi Purpose Studio A & B, Aliwal Arts Centre

Level 1

Level 2
Participants must have either completed Level 1 or have learnt or experience in using “Theatre of the Oppressed” techniques

$800 per level (standard)

Early Bird Discount
Register by 24 Sep 2023 to enjoy a special rate of $680 per level

Click here to register for Level 1
Click here to register for Level 2

Registration closes on 13 Oct 2023

Conducted in English by Kok Heng Leun

SkillsFuture Credit (SFC)-Eligible
This workshop is SFC-Eligible. All Singaporeans aged 25 and above can use their SkillsFuture Credit to pay for eligible courses. Find out more at www.myskillsfuture.gov.sg

Please email ailing@dramabox.org if you have any queries.

What is Theatre of the Oppressed?

"Theatre of the Oppressed" (TO for short) is a system of theatre making developed by Brazilian theatre master Augusto Boal. It is used by theatre practitioners and arts practitioners who want to work with the community, and also in school settings by drama and arts educators. Around the world, social and community workers have also used TO techniques in community development and intervention work.

TO is a system with great emphasis on dialectical and dialogical learning. Two of the most well-known tools of TO are Image Theatre and Forum Theatre. Image theatre is a technique with which participants use their body to express thoughts, emotions and imaginations. While forum theatre allows the audience onstage to replace actors and change the outcome of a play, turning passive spectators into proactive “spect-actors”.

This is the workshop for those who want to cultivate reflexivity and develop critical thinking, analytical skills and a proactive approach to problem-solving.

Who should attend?

Anyone who wants to know how to use Theatre of the Oppressed techniques in their work.

Especially useful for:

  • Social or community workers
  • Arts educators
  • Theatre practitioners
  • Educators
  • Facilitators for dialogic learning

Level 1

This beginner-level workshop helps to cultivate reflexivity and develop critical thinking, analytical skills and a proactive approach to problem solving.

Course Outline
  • Introduction to Theatre Games and Image Theatre as part of the Arsenal of "Theatre of the Oppressed"
  • Understand the Pedagogy of the Oppressed
  • Learn about the dramaturgy of a Forum Theatre Play
  • Devise an "anti-model"
  • Experience a Forum Theatre Session

Level 2

A continuation of Level 1, this workshop builds on the participant’s basic knowledge of “Theatre of the Oppressed”, and focuses on how to rehearse, joker/facilitate and prepare actors for Forum Theatre interventions.

Course Outline
  • “Rainbow of Desires” - an advanced “Theatre of the Oppressed” technique that helps unpack internalised and structural oppression
  • Devising and rehearsing a Forum Theatre play
  • The art of jokering - understanding the different roles played by a joker/facilitator during a Forum Theatre session


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