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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 2 edition (22 Aug. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415267080
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415267083
  • Product Dimensions: 17.4 x 1.9 x 24.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
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"This is an inspiring and powerful book, a lucid account that will be of substantial use to people already using "Theatre of the Oppressed." It should also act as an excellent introduction for those new to the system." - Artscene

"This is a useful handbook for those who want to explore Boal's 'Theatre of the Oppressed' and as such is greatly to be welcomed. Boals' work deserves and demands emulation." - Theatre Research International

"You have achieved what Brecht only dreamt of and wrote about: making a useful theatre that is entertaining, fun, and instructive. It is a different kind of theatre - a kind of social therapy.it focuses the mind, relaxes the spirit, and gives people a new handle on their situations." - Richard Schechner

About the Author

Augusto Boal is a theatre director, dramatist, theorist, writer and teacher. He was a Member of Parliament for Rio de Janeiro from 1993-1996. He is the author of Theatre of the Oppressed, Games for Actors and Non-Actors, Rainbow of Desire, Legislative Theatre, and Hamlet and the Baker's Son: My Life in Theatre and Politics.
Adrian Jackson is Artistic Director of Cardboard Citizens. He has translated four books by Augusto Boal, collaborated on a number of occasions and taught Theatre of the Oppressed widely in other countries, including Namibia, South Africa, Hong Kong, Mauritius and Finland.


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Roughly divided into three sections, Boal's Games for Actors and Non-Actors is by now a bible in the trade and is far more readable than the dense (but rewarding) Theatre of the Oppressed. The first part outlines, with relevant examples, the methods known as Image, Invisible and Forum Theatre and gives very practical advice to potential practitioners. In the second section, Boal takes us through a wealth of games and exercises which are devoted to integrating groups, exploring the senses, politicising the actor, releasing expression. They are invaluable and are stimulating (I have used them with diverse groups - trainers, actors, the deaf community, people with Down Syndrome, the elderly, teachers, theatre directors). The third section looks at problems arising from and issues associated with Forum theatre, and leads the way towards his subsequent work in Legislative Theatre. Adrian Jackson provides a wonderfully lucid translation which captures the energy and dynamism of Boal's voice.
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In all honesty I bought this book as it was on the book list for my drama degree not because it interested me. But as I am reading it I am finding that it is not only easy to read but it is actually enjoyable too! It is very east to sit and read a chapter without having to re-read over every paragraph because you have forgotten what you have just read! I would recommend this book to anyone who is working in schools or with the community as it has a lot of insight and many simple but effective games and ideas.
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I had to use this book for a practical seminar, but ended up buying it because it has so many games and warm up exercises that will be useful in any dramatic/theatrical situation. Interesting, quirky and good for attaining some knowledge into games from other cultures.
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This book has always been a must for anyone working in theatre particularly interactive theatre and with non-actor groups of all types. This edition gives you even more games and techniques as well as a developed history and philosophy of Theatre of the Oppressed. An indispensable reference book.
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Augusto Boal's description of working in a brazillian prison with both the guards and the prisoners, was a real tear jerker. It also was enlightening.As a trainee teacher, I was helping BTEC studnets who were studying Timerlakes Our Country's Good and I ordered this book to help me find some activities that I thought would be useful to do in class with my Performing Arts students. I was blown away by how poignient and amazingly coincidental, the opening pages were to the true storyline of the first fleet's attempt in 1789 to stage the first ever Theatre production in Australia using Convicts as the cast. It's almost as if half the world have been standing still, since that date. That the problems that existed in 1789 still need addressing now in 2013. When will we ever learn? Thank the Lord for people like Govenor Phillips and Augusto Boal and Timberlake.
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This book was recommended to me by an actor friend, Alex Davison, and it is one of the best recommendations from someone ever. As a facilitator and consultant in innovation in creativity, I found this book has hundreds of techniques to help groups understand each other better and be more creative. Try them, they work.

If you have a copy and have used even one of the techniques, you be more effective in your role in helping change to happen. The book will also help CEOs think about how greater fairness can be brought into the workplace, especially in these austere times. The humanity that underlies the book is really uplifting too.
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I bought this book after experieicing the 'power chair' excercise at a training event. I have to say that reading the descriptions of the excercises is not as inspiring as doing them; and I'm struggling to imagine how to use the things that I've read about but haven't experienced. That might say more about my lack of creativity than the quality of the book! There's certainly a lot of useful material here, maybe more on why/ how you could use the various bits would be helpful.
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Recommended by my husband (drama teacher) for young friend studying drama and theatre arts. Arrived promptly and in good condition. Thanks
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