Rainbow of Desire is a handbook of exercises with a difference. It is Augusto Boal’s bold and brilliant statement about the therapeutic ability of. Rainbow of Desires is the over-arching name given by Augusto Boal to a range of exercises, games and techniques on using the power of theatre to identify. Augusto Boal The Rainbow of Desire: the Boal Method of Theatre and Therapy London: Routledge, p. £ (pbk).

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But in the present, they are locked in a conflict with guards. Refresh and try again.

The Rainbow of Desire: The Boal Method of Theatre and Therapy

Hence the original variety of forum theatre worked very well. Boal sometimes formulates the problem in terms of people who have free time, experiencing loneliness and emptiness. Skip to main content. Many of these modes are modifications designed for situations where the usual conditions for Theatre of the Oppressed a common oppression and a clear course for change are absent.

The activity is mainly improvised. The idea is to seek ethical alternatives, and to give people a sense of making a choice. It stimulates the practice of resistance to oppression in reality, and offers a “safe space” for practicing making change. This way the spectators no boao delegate power to the characters either to think or act in their place.

The Rainbow of Desire: The Boal Method of Theatre and Therapy – Augusto Boal – Google Books

The audience were now encouraged to not only imagine change but to actually practise that change, by coming on stage as ‘spect-actors’ to replace the protagonist and act out an intervention to “break the oppression. This pf process is taken to be a way of reclaiming agency and creativity. In a related discussion, Tim Mitchell recounts a session in prison which ran a scenario where a freed convict was rejected by his son.


Four days on from my return and I find myself so inspired and energised. Identifying and clarifying our desires through the use of images The Cop in the Head: The result should be something like group “brainstorming” about social problems within the community. Surprise and vesire are seen as key transformative emotions in this process. The largest single organisation in the Theatre of the Oppressed network is Jana Sanskriti.

Forum Theatre was essentially born from ‘simultaneous dramaturgy. Why, then, is the function of theatre changed here?

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Boal, a Brazilian theatre director, writer and politician, has been confronting oppression in various forms for over thirty years. For example, people often take pleasure in situations which are also painful and oppressive.

He then listed incidents that, for Boal, were huge oppressions.

Work in prisons is possible, but problematic, since Boal refuses solidarity either with eesire crimes of prisoners or the abuses committed by guards. Boal clarifies that this practice is not intended to show the correct path, but rather to discover all possible paths which may be further examined. If done slowly, people come to enjoy increasing their vocabulary in this way. Why is Theresa May helping them?

The first third sets the beautiful foundation of humanity’s interactions Adrian Jackson brilliantly translates Boal’s complex, philosophical masterpiece on theatre, personage, and ralnbow.

The Theatre of the Oppressed TO describes theatrical forms that the Brazilian theatre practitioner Augusto Boal first elaborated in the s, initially in Brazil and later in Europe. RoutledgeMay 13, – Performing Arts – pages. For instance, if action becomes conflictual, the focus is sometimes on the violence of the action rather than the dramatic conflict.


The aim is to break their enmity. Centre for Community Dialogue and Change CCDC is an organisation based in Bengaluru, India which is dedicated to the promotion of Theatre of the Oppressed chiefly in education as well as medical humanities.

Then, the participants are asked to act out the story, which is then compared to the actual story as described in the source. It is unclear to me why work in prisons is possible in spite of an overarching oppressive hierarchy, but work with companies is not. Both hate and love are founded in lack, but relate to it in different ways.

Using the filter of storytelling to investigate how we show and see moments of oppression The Analytical Image: Love seeks to complete a non-self-sufficient subject by filling a lack. My Three Theatrical Encounters.

Rainbow of Desire will make fascinating reading for those already familiar with Boal’s work and is also completely accessible to anyone new to Theatre of the Oppressed techniques.

In the context of muscular rigidity and repetitive habit, the role of theatre is emotional loosening.