The workshop draws on the work of Augusto Boal’s “Theatre of the Oppressed”, blended with other popular education and transformative learning approaches that allow for collective and creative reflection and sharing. The program is an opportunity to reflect on who we are and on the issues that are important to us, and to embody the ways in which theatre can create space for transformation on a personal and community level – to “rehearse for the revolution” as Boal would say.
By the end of the program, participants will have had the opportunity to engage in different theatre games and exercises that allow for reflection on issues of relationship and power, to engage with image theatre and its capacity to use the body as a form of dialogue, and to be part of the creation and presentation of a forum theatre piece – a form of interactive theatre that engages the audience in imagining solutions to social justice problems. We will have the opportunity as a collective to share our forum theatre pieces with the greater Tatamagouche community.
Program Cost: $360 (tuition, meals & accommodation)
Local Price: $280 (without overnight)
Please register at least 2 weeks in advance to secure your place in this program.
Natalie Abdou thrives in collaborating with people and communities for positive social transformation, and believes deeply in the powerful capacity of theatre and transformative learning in doing so. For over 8 years she has had the privilege of working in various community development contexts to raise awareness around local and global social justice issues – in Toronto with Branch Out Theatre, in Nova Scotia with the Coady International Institute, and abroad with various activists and communities in Egypt, Yemen and Jordan. Natalie seeks to co-create spaces for personal reflection, community building, civic action and positive social change, and is blessed to be able to share, learn and grow with others through community.
Wilf Bean, Program Resource Group (PRG) facilitator. Wilf has a major interest is in transformational adult education for personal and community-based development. He has worked extensively overseas with the Coady International Institute, St Francis Xavier University, throughout Asia, Africa and the Caribbean. He also has a love of music ranging from folk, to bluegrass, spirituals,… you name it. And he has been known to pick away happily on his mandolin, guitar and banjo.