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Augusto Boal theatre innovator viewed Aristotelian or traditional theatre as oppression and domination You were either an actor who had your character and their actions imposed upon you by a director the tyrannical dictator of theatre or you were a spectator passively watching the spectacle onstage that would very often have nothing to do with your life Through his various forms of TO Boal was able to turn the audience of spectators into spect-actors protagonists lively participants At the beginning of his theatrical career Boal sought to change the manner in which traditional theatre was interpreted and performed However he soon began to experiment with theatre as a tool of revolution in his native country of Brazil where people were often very poor down-trodden and could see no way of changing their situation Boal helped these oppressed people to realise that they could change their circumstances and also how to change them through his theatrical workshops with the oppressed In Forum Theatre a scripted scene of a specific oppression is presented to an audience who after watching the play the whole way through once watch it again this time however they are as you will be allowed to yell STOP to halt the action enter the scene as one of the characters and try to break the oppression - change the situation from oppression as it is to the world as it could be with the oppression broken When an audience member enters the scene every actor heightens the oppression trying to bring the scene back to its original conclusion This continues many times until a decision is reached or all possibilities exhausted or time runs out etc The aim of Forum Theatre is not to win but to stimulate discussion and analysis of the situation and solutions by the audience members Augusto Boal himself said that discussion is sometimes better than action as it allows people to debate the pros and cons of
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