The Theatre of the Oppressed was created by Brazilian theatre director Agusto Boal. It’s a participatory theatre practice created to empower participants, which is why we thought it was so perfect for our Women’s March campaign. The aim was to establish a dialog between the audience and the stage in order to explore the issues women in our community are facing. The theatrical act is used as a rehearsal for social action and a collective analysis of shared problems of oppression.
The purpose of the event
During the first part of the event, we did some warm-ups and some cooperative games, which were meant to get everybody in a good mood, and into the present, and establish trust between the participants. During the second part, we brainstormed together about themes illustrating situations of oppression that we lived as women in the Romanian society. We then plaid those situations in group, in front of the others, and the members of the public were able to intervene to bend the course of events.