Scripting for Forum’ workshop

November 14th, 15th, 16th, (10 to 5pm) 17th (2-6pm), 2017

About the Workshop

Actors will be scripting a play based on Forum Theatre. The games and exercises in the workshop will act as social metaphors. Through games, the actors will relate to their realities and to themselves.  Thus, actors will explore oppression. All participants will try to understand various dimensions of the oppressor and oppressed in the characters they portray. The ideology of the oppressor will be understood through TO techniques. After the scenes are scripted, the Forum play will be structured and rehearsed. The workshop will also undertake a theoretical journey to revisit Boal.

Who will benefit from this workshop

Anyone who works in the areas of social care, children,  youth work, older people, education, community development, development education, social justice and inclusion and human rights. Community leaders who can use Forum Theatre techniques  to explore social issues important to their community are very welcome too. TfCG supports the principle that those who benefit, commit to passing on and sharing skills learned, with groups and communities of interest who find themselves marginalised and socially excluded. 
On completion of this workshop, participants will acquire:
  • Knowledge of oppression and its structural and systemic nature.
  • Contextualization of Theatre of the Oppressed within the different cultural, social and political contexts in which it developed and where it can be appropriately used.
  • Practice and reflection on aspects of Forum Theatre.
  • Scribing skills

Activist Summer Camp

Saturday & Sunday, June 17th/18th 2017

Communities in transition and community arts – making new connections

Glencree Centre for Peace and Reconciliation, Glencree, Co Wicklow

The aim of the Camp in 2017 is to build bridges because we know that the experience of one can be of help to the other. Are you an activist/artist or leader who is working deeply with the people, place and the environment? Do you want to shape a new initiative and exchange focused on communities in transition?

Camp Schedule:

Saturday 16, June 2017

Midday –  Arrive to warm-up, welcome and lunch

2.00pm – 4.00pm   –  Forum Theatre (Theatre for Change presentation)

4.00 – Coffee/TEA

4.30 – 6.00   –   Francois Matarasso will speak about transition, community and participatory art. He will explore new ways to create momentum for it and ask us how we think about what we do, why we’re doing it, and what will happens as a result.

6.30pm – Supper

7.30pm-10pm –  Imagining connection through a Show and Tell (5 slides / 5 minute presentations) taking place in 2 thematic groups:

1. Faced with the challenge of globalisation what could localization mean for communities in transition and community arts? [Convenor: Una Ruddock and Theresa O’Donoghue]

2. Imagining how a community under regeneration can produce a parade to wave goodbye and say hello to a new community.[Convenor: Ed Carroll]

Sunday 17, June 2017

8.00-10.00 – Breakfast

10.00 – 11.30  –  CREATIVE WORKSHOPS continue working in 2 thematic groups to work on creative charter.

11.30 – COFFEE/TEA

12.00 – 1.30pm

To take away from these workshops something that could resonate from Glencree into 2/3 other practice actions/events/processes that can be self-organised from within each strand of activity

1.30pm Lunch

2.30pm -3.30pm  – Signing the Culture Contact Charter Communities in Transition for 2017/2018

Costs are:
40 Euro waged, 20 Euro unwaged (incl. children),
This includes the accommodation for 1 night in a shared room and vegetarian food. Accommodation is only guaranteed for 30 persons.

Brilliant childcare available (please let us know in advance).

We will try to arrange car sharing from Dublin, Bray, Cork, Limerick and Galway. Please get in touch if you are driving or if you need a lift and we will try to make an arrangement.

Registration: Places are limited, please register now:
With any questions just contact Ed or Eleanor at or 087 2334931


Theatre and Digital Stories

(4 Day workshop)

April 2016

Exploring TO using puppetry.  In collaboration with Inst. Of Art, Design & Technology:  Dun Laoghaire, County Dublin and The Bielsko Artistic Association, Grodzki Theatre, Poland (European project).

Simon Community workshops

Galway Simon Community workshops from April to June 2013

Adedotun Adekeye & Marie Aherne facilitated a series of 15 forum theatre drama workshops with 12 clients and staff.

It identified issues of concern to the participants, with the final development of a short forum play performed by the organisations clients.

The presentation created awareness of the important issues to people experiencing homelessness by giving them an opportunity to tell their story.

TO facilitation training course on Rainbow of Desire methods

This five day training was facilitated by Gavin Crichton of Active Inquiry, Edinburgh.

Held in Ennis, Co. Clare, in March it was organised in conjunction with Clarecare. Eighteen participants consisting of Arts and community and social organisation workers trained.

Living Scenes Project

Living Scenes Project from January to April 2013

Facilitated by Eleanor Hough

This Project consisted of nine Outreach workshops with older people who use the Croi Na Gaillimhe drop in centre and transition year students from Moneenageesha Community College which were held in Croi Na Gaillimhe.

The Living Scenes Project was devised by NUIG, with 25 participants, and a performance in Moneenageesha Community College in May, with an audience of 150 transition year students, older people, students, parents and friends..

Divide and Conquer

Divide and Conquer

With a cast of five this Forum Theatre explores the impact of impending fracking on a local community.

It was presented during Galway Fringe Arts Festival, July,

Carrick-on-Shannon, Cashel Community Centre, Co. Fermanagh and the Gathering NUIG, September, and

in Rowantree Hostel, Ennis November.

Facilitation Skills Training Course

“Theatre of the Oppressed” Facilitation Skills Training Course Cork

Sat.19th May 2012

In conjunction with Cork Community Art Link
Facilitated by Adedotun Adekeye & Marie Aherne
ALâ, Galway and Cork Community Art Link ran this project. Each is bringing specialist skills which complement each other.
Cork Community Art Link
Cork Community Art Link (C.C.A.L) is a participative arts organisation in Cork, Ireland.  They encourage meaningful collaborations between artists and people that result in the creation of great art bringing creativity to places where people live, work and play.
C.C.A.L work with people to create a sense of community identity and collective pride enabling people to learn more about themselves and the world around them while having fun.
Their work engages with people both as participants and spectators in public spaces developing new ways of connecting with the arts.
Facilitated by Adedotun Adekeye & Marie Aherne


Intergenerational Outreach project

Intergenerational Outreach project

(in conjunction with Westside CDP)

May to July 2012

Facilitated by Adedotun Adekeye & Marie Aherne

Fourteen adult and teenage participated in 10 workshops in Westside Resource Centre. Performances of plays they developed were performed in the Volvo Ocean Race performance tent with an estimated audience of 100, and also in Westside Resource Centre with an audience of over 40.

Wellbeing Mental Health outreach project

Wellbeing Mental Health outreach project

6th February to 8th May 2012

Wellbeing Mental Health outreach project in conjunction with Merlin Park Training Centre for Mental Health comprising of 18 workshops with 16 participants. A Wellbeing performance in Merlin Park had approximately 70 friends and family in attendance.