19. Theatre and Social Change 4.21

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2. Theatre’s Relationship to Social Change Examples of forms/ movement we’ve discussed that consider social change as a goal? – Realism, Feminism, Many types of theatre have some interest in social change (broadly defined) -Some very overt, some less so -Historically contingent Different methods -Empathy -Alienation -Agit-prop -Community building -Problem solving 3. “Theatre and Social Change” As a term / movement, usually understood today to mean: -“Theatre whose specific focus is the dynamic relationship between theatre and society and especially cultural analysis and theatre practive and theory which sees itself as an agent for social criticism and/or change.” -Usually incorporates “theatre-making processes that can serve as model processes for social change (e.g., collaborative approaches, audience choice, group membership)” -Not just what you say – how you say it 4. Case Study: Theatre of the Oppressed (TO) A. Augusto Boal (1931 - ) Born and raised in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
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