” FORUM-THEATRE: Music is the organization of sound in time; plastic arts, the organization of colors and lines in the space; theatre, the organization of human actions in time and space.

Theatre is a representation and not a reproduction of social reality.

FORUM-THEATRE presents a scene or a play that must necessarily show a situation of oppression that the Protagonist does not know how to fight against, and fails.

The spect-actors are invited to replace this Protagonist, and act out – on stage and not from the audience – all possible solutions, ideas, strategies. The other actors improvise the reactions of their characters facing each new intervention, so as to allow a sincere analysis of the real possibilities of using those suggestions in real life.

All spect-actors have the same right to intervene and play their ideas.

FORUM-THEATRE is a collective rehearsal for reality. 

(Augusto Boal, Rio de Janeiro, 2004)


Via the International Theatre of the Oppressed Organisation, ImaginAction

Drawing by Silvio Boselli