Arcola’s Green Sundays- 4th October

3pm Theatre of the Oppressed Workshop
Theatre of the Oppressed is a process for debating possible ways of overcoming oppression using the body. The debate begins in the language of theatre, the language of images. It begins with questioning and feeling with our bodies, before our thoughts are translated, and perhaps censored, into words alone.
In this workshop, we will aim to think with alert bodies and senses, and not be restricted by or usual, mechanical modes. We will do Image Theatre exercises to ‘de-mechanise’ our muscles and awaken our senses from our usual, repeated, daily activities. We will then create simple images of oppression with our bodies, and briefly debate solutions to the oppression we project onto those images, by trying out our ideas, rather than voicing them.
No acting experience necessary and participation is completely voluntary.

5.45pm Theatre of the Oppressed Forum Theatre (Embryonic)
For social change to take place in any profound way, there is a need for the diverse voices concerned to enter into collective dialogue. Whilst some voices may easily find expression through verbal means, others may be more easily expressed through the body.
Forum Theatre, or Theatre of the Oppressed, is a process for initiating debate about possible ways of overcoming oppression. The debate begins, not with wording our ideas, but with using our bodies, in the language of theatre.
In this activity, we will use a simple dynamic image to debate solutions to the oppression we project onto that image. In order to share our ideas for discussion, rather than put them into words, we will show our ideas for each other to see.
No acting experience necessary and participation is completely voluntary.



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