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Theatre of the Oppressed: Roots

25th February 2018 @ 9:30 am - 6:00 pm

“We are all actors. Being a citizen is not living in society, it is changing it.” – Augusto Boal

A 2-day foundation course exploring the roots of the Theatre of the Oppressed through games, techniques and exercises for generating dialogue and personal/social transformation. The course is suitable for beginners and the more advanced, actors and non-actors.

We will be exploring the strucutres of image and forum theatre, and providing tools that you will instantly be able to apply to your group, life and political struggle.

A rehearsal for life and the revolution.

Come in, the house is yours!

Payment is by the solidarity economy:
High waged £100-70,
Med waged £70-40,
Lo/no waged £40-10.

9:30-18:00 each day at the Partisan Centre.19 Cheetham Hill Road, Manchester, M4 4FY

About Theatre of the Oppressed

Theatre of the Oppressed is a range of techniques, games and exercises, using embodied narrative to support the empowerment and liberation of individuals and their communities. The approach was developed by Augusto Boal in South America, and has since been used all over the world in the building of community, to dynamize social engagement, and to support individuals to realise their creative potential for personal and social transformation.

“Theatre is a form of knowledge; it should and can also be a means of transforming society. Theatre can help us build our future, rather than just waiting for it.” – Augusto Boal, Games For Actors & Non-Actors

In essence, it utilises theatre in order to generate solutions to real problems, create dialogue where before there was only monologue, and ultimately “humanise humanity” by enabling people to develop the skills and faculties to liberate themselves and others. It creates space for a rehearsal for life. It is a way of analysing the power dynamics of our society and our personal relationships, purporting that personal problems are social problems.

The training will introduce key principles of Boal’s work, laying the foundation for future exploration.

The Facilitators

George Wielgus (Reboot the Roots) is a practitioner of the Theatre of the Oppressed, writer, performance poet and natural farmer who has travelled extensively across Europe and Asia working with socially excluded groups ranging from the homeless in London, subsistence farmers in India, survivors of the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia, to heroin addicts and street kids in Kuala Lumpur. He has a decade of experience as a facilitator and educator in fields ranging from TESOL and dramatherapy to drug rehabilitation and conflict resolution. He qualified in his Certificate in Joker Training and Certificate in Rainbow of Desire in 2010.

Rich Loizou is a nature connection and land-based learning facilitator with a love of communal and co-operative living and interpersonal dynamics. By day he works to foster self-confidence in children and young adults.

Hannah Sneyd is an emerging facilitator, creative and researcher passionate about nature connection, social justice and spiritual activism.

About Reboot The Roots

Reboot the Roots is a solidarity organisation that promotes social inclusion through the arts. It uses theatre, music and workshops to support people who are denied their rights to full, happy and active participation in society. This includes those recovering from addiction, people living with HIV/AIDS and individuals who have been in conflict with the law.

They facilitate workshops with the socially excluded, train trainers from other organisations and NGOs in techniques of art for inclusion, and help other practitioners to achieve their goals through logistical support, consultation and funding. They believe that creative tools for social transformation can enable people to participate fully and equally in society.

To reserve your place or for more information please email to george@reboottheroots.org.uk expressing interest, and we will email you back with application details.



Partisan Basement
19 Cheetham Hill Road
Manchester, M4 4FY United Kingdom
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