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.
ALâ Theatre for Change use Theatre of the Oppressed, Forum Theatre methodologies as developmental tools. ALâ has a wide experience of working on a variety of projects. It has a particular background and interest in the area of integration of people with special needs and Galway new community.
Galway Capital of Culture 2020
Each year since 1985 the European Union designates one or more cities as a European Capital of Culture. Chosen cities and their regions are expected to present an innovative year-long cultural programme that highlights the richness and diversity of cultures in Europe.
Galway has been designated as European Capital of Culture 2020. We fully support this initiative and are facilitating a Theatre for Change Festival in Galway that will host many of our international contacts to Galway including those who have previously facilitated courses in Galway and many others who intend to do so in the future.
In preparation ALâ have developed links with a number of organizations in Europe, Brazil, India, America and Australia. Members of TforC have attended meetings in Barcelona, Athens and Lisbon, with the intention of being part of an EU drama project in 2017.
This festival will include workshops, performances, outreach to schools and communities of place and interest and a conference.
To use Theatre of the Oppressed (T.O), as devised by Augusto Boal, to examine social issues that are pertinent to communities and societies in order to empower people to bring about personal and social change.
Ø Facilitate Theatre of the Oppressed workshops.
Ø Deliver Theatre of the Oppressed training programmes, in communities, schools and third level institutions.
Ø Build TO capacity within Ireland through hosting workshops with international Theatre of the Oppressed experts.
Ø Support the development of ALâ Theatre of the Oppressed national network.
Ø Develop and perform Theatre of the Oppressed plays
Ø Deals with the governance, sourcing funding, admin, reporting and development of the above.
o Empower local communities to deal with social and personal issues
o Provide a tool to assist in communities’ enquiry.
o Contribute to communities’ confidence in finding solutions that work for them.
o Provide safe space to examine pertinent issues.
o Develop an understanding of the interconnection between local and global issues.
o Provide Theatre of the Oppressed training in schools and third level institutions.
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The first course in 2006, entitled ‘Community Arts for Community Development’, was a ten-day workshop facilitated by Peter Hussey and introduced ALâ members to Augusto Boal’s Theatre of the Oppressed (TO). ALâ has continued providing facilitation skills training courses up to present day with courses facilitated by top Irish and European TO facilitators.
Feedback from workshop participants, highlight opportunities to use what they have learned in their work, yet, they too are challenged in finding funding to continue their skill development. This is reflected in the national conversations that do not recognize locally devised and created community arts as legitimate art, and therefore not considered for artistic funding.
NUIG training course
FETAC training course
Using these skills, we facilitate outreach projects in schools, communities and social and eviromental organizations.
We have developed a number of TO performances which tour nationally among these include:
“A Day in The Life of an Asylum Seeker”
About the life of a person in the Direct Provision system.
This was performed nationally.
“Divide and Conquer”
On natural resources and how communities get divided when they become privatized. Over three years this was performed all over Ireland, some in communities who were in the middle of fracking proposals for their communities. This provided very good opportunities for community discussions – people felt that forum theatre should be used in the communities when they are first selected as possible sites for development – it might help all sides to express their reservations and have a cross community discussion rather than a divisive and contentious one which splits communities.
“The Other Side of the Mirror”
On attitudes and prejudices build into aid and development policy that views those being aided as of lesser capacity and therefore the funders and charities know best and are the experts.
“The One That Knows Best”
On funding led development and its impact on community self-development and voice. Many of the audiences saw it as their experience. Along with an introduction to TO this was performed as part of the community and arts activist summer camp in Wicklow organized by Claiming Our Future.