Introduction to Theatre of the Oppressed

Introduction to Theatre of the Oppressed Workshops

(in conjunction with the PAUL Partnership Limerick)

January and November 2012

The introduction to Forum Theatre consisted of two one day workshop in Limerick with twelve and sixteen participants respectively and consisted of artists, community and youth leaders.


Theatre of the Oppressed course

FETAC Level 5 Theatre of the Oppressed course

ALâ completed the FETAC Level 5 Theatre of the Oppressed course which ran one to two weekends per month from October 2011 to February 2012.

Tutors included Julian Boal, son of Augusto Boal, Adrian Jackson, translator of all of Boal’s works and Director of London’s Cardboard Citizens, Gavin Crichton, Director of Edinburgh’s Active Inquiry, Annette Tierney,  Theatre facilitator, and theatre performance lecturer Sarah O’Toole.

Of 32 (Arts and Community workers) who started 30 completed the course with 27 graduating. Participant funded with NUIG Societies providing venues and City of Galway VEC providing FETAC certification with performances at end of course to audience of approximately 70 in Cube, NUIG. Participants have gone on to facilitate courses with other organisations throughout Ireland.

“Theatre for Change” Festival Inis Oírr

“Theatre for Change” Festival Inis Oírr 10th Sept 2011

ALâ in conjunction with Mairéad Ní Ghallchóir, Bainisteoir, Áras Eanna, Inis Oírr, Arran Island ran this “Theatre for Change” Festival consisting of performances and workshops facilitated by Annette Tierney on the weekend of the 10th Sept 2011.
It engaged community development personnel with current themes, issues and models of practice emerging in the area of community theatre.


A Day in The Life of an Asylum Seeker

“A Day in The Life of an Asylum Seeker”

Ther Project” funded by the Department of Integration and facilitated by Annette Tierney began on November 7th 2009.

Using a story, written by, an asylum seeker, Adedotun Adekeye, as inspiration we spent several workshops developing and improvising scenes; discussing the content as we progressed.
Eventually a scene sequence was decided upon that included content deemed relevant and important to portray.
We also tried to include a balanced view which would allow audiences to form their own opinions.
The first performance of many was on December 10th and 11th in the Town Hall Galway.