Theatre of the Opressed

The Theatre of the Opressed is a type of theatre developed by Augusto Boal (1931-2009) in the 1960s in Brazil, inspired by the concepts of Paulo Freire (1921-1997) – critical pedagogy and the pedagogy of opression.

The socio-political context of Brazil at that particular time (the post-colonial influence and the authotitary military regime) had a big influence on the developent of this method.

Augusto Boal experimented with ways of using theatre to give a voice to the opressed, to empower the to fight whatever was opressing them.

Over time, the method underwent transformations depending on the context of each community that came to use it to solve their issues.


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