Using Performance to Make Politics
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Legislative Theatre by Augusto Boal
Book DescriptionAugusto 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.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780415182416
(246mm x 174mm x 20mm)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 1-Oct-1998
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Augusto Boal
Aesthetics of the Oppressed, Paperback (December 2004)
Augusto Boal's workshops and theatre exercises are renowned throughout the world for their life-changing effects. This book speaks about the subjects important to him - the practical work he does with diverse communities, the effects of globalization, and the creative possibilities for all of us.
Games for Actors and Non-Actors, Hardback (August 2002)
This is the classic and best selling book by the founder of Theatre of the Oppressed, Augusto Boal, including new discussions, a new introduction and a collection of images.
Legislative Theatre, Hardback (October 1998)
The latest stage in the Boal project, this is an attempt to use theatre within a political system to create a truer form of democracy. Includes a full description of the principles of Legislative Theatre and a description of the process in Rio.
Rainbow of Desire, Paperback (December 1994)» View all books by Augusto Boal
More than a handbook of exercises - a bold and brilliant statement of theatre's therapeutic capacity to liberate people and change lives. Boal shows us how to 'see' for the first time the oppressions we have internalised.
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