e are a committed team of people who believe that social and personal change is possible. That activism can start with one. We believe individuals can respond in different ways to pressures from family, friends and the environment. Strategies are always available. We believe that theatre is an ideal vehicle for participants to express their views and explore issues of concern. Drama offers an imaginative, spontaneous means of rehearsing for reality.
People often have a set of default responses to certain situations, particularly conflict situations, but they feel trapped in these patterns of behaviour. They feel there is only one choice. But our workshops and programs slow down the action, dissect it, and re-run particular sequences. Testing out strategies in a space outside the actual conflict reduces fear. People can explore how they relate to other people, safely.
We use techniques of Theatre of the Oppressed, created by theatre director and political activist Augusto Boal, to co-create strategies with partner organizations to challenge discrimination, injustice and inequality. Theatre of the Oppressed techniques encourage self-awareness and support individuals and organizations in exploring change and the impact that change can have. Our projects and programs analyze and challenge behaviour, help people resist the forces of exclusion, plus build and develop key social and personal skills.
Do you have zero experience of drama and feel nervous about it?
Don’t worry. You don't need any experience. Only an open mind, a sense of fun, and a passion for social change. We start with games and activities which build trust and explore our collective struggles. What holds us back? What makes us fight? What systems keep us down? How do these oppressions affect our lives and the lives of others? We then dramatize those situations through a staged process of Image Theatre and Forum Theatre, by co-creating a scene which lays out the problem. The scene is then replayed, with participants able to stop the action, step in, and try a different way to overcome the problem.
Theatre of the Oppressed work builds confidence, develops self-esteem, sharpens thinking, and hones communication skills. It helps groups connect with the issues and with each other as we explore and challenge oppression, dissect and rehearse everyday realities, and experiment with new solutions to old problems.
Maybe you want to tackle bullying in your school, harassment in your workplace, or challenge prejudice such as homophobia? Maybe you want to complement some training for yourstaff? Do you feel frustrated by the injustices you see in society? Do you believe that change is possible? Do you want to challenge the status quo and find ways to empower those who are powerless?
Then Rehearsal For Reality is for you!
Our kick off event is a post-Pride Week workshop that will explore LGBT issues. Join us and see what we’re all about! Rehearsal For Reality is proud to have the support of the theatre company and arts in education organization Giving Voice, z.s.