Drama for Life short course at Wits

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The Theatre of the Oppressed (TO) course is a unique Applied Theatre model developed for theatre practitioners, facilitators, artists and educators. Theatre of the oppressed: Introductory level

The introductory course introduces students to the pedagogical understandings of oppression and Augusto Boal’s principles, pedagogy and practice of TO with the aim to equip them with critical thinking skills around the issue of oppression and its complexity. It gives background to Boal’s method from Paulo Freire’s, Berolt Brecht and Karl Marx’s theoretical underpinnings. The course starts to explore, from a theoretical perspective, the specific Boal techniques of games and exercises, Image Theatre and Forum Theatre. It will prepare students to start thinking about the power of TO as a methodology that can mediate and encourage development, dialogue around issues of oppression in their communities. It will provide a base for the subsequent Intermediate and Advanced levels of the TO course.

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Dates: 9, 16, 23 and 30 March; 6 and 13 April

Cost: R3 000

Duration: 6 weeks

Application Requirements: A matric certificate and/or experience in the arts and/or community work including teaching.

Please submit your CV and motivation letter to Sibongile.Bhebhe@wits.ac.za or bhebhebongi@gmail.com and 083 897 1649.

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