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Augusto Boal

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alternative theatre

alternative theatre  

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A phrase often used to embrace the successive waves of unconventional theatre and performance groups that formed almost everywhere in the second half of the twentieth century, especially following ...
Brechtian

Brechtian  

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An adjective which attests to the influence of the dramaturgy, practice, and theory of Bertolt Brecht in the twentieth century and beyond. The term has tended to be used in ...
Cicely Berry

Cicely Berry  

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(b. Berkhampstead, Herts, 17 May 1926)Voice teacher. She trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama and was later a teacher there. She joined the Royal Shakespeare Company ...
didactic theatre

didactic theatre  

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While most theatre contains aspects that can be considered educational, didactic theatre places a discernible emphasis on instruction. In common with political and therapeutic theatre, of which it ...
educational theatre

educational theatre  

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While all theatre might be construed to be ‘educational’ in the broadest sense (just as many have claimed that all theatre is political), the term is generally used (especially in ...
invisible theatre

invisible theatre  

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A type of free performance developed from the work of Augusto Boal in which theatregoing rituals are abandoned as actors appear in ‘real’ public situations as ‘real’ people and instigate ...
Jorge Guerra

Jorge Guerra  

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(1952– )Peruvian playwright, director, and designer who works in the United States. A founding member of the Ensayo group (1983), Guerra has had broad international training and experience. ...
liberation theatre

liberation theatre  

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Latin American theatre, particularly of the 1960s and 1970s, that is socially aware and politically conscious. Related to ‘liberation theology’ and frequently inspired by Paulo Freire's Pedagogy of ...
Michael Etherton

Michael Etherton  

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(c.1944– )Irish director and educator who has worked extensively in Africa. At the University of Zambia in 1968 he helped conceive and design Chikwakwa Theatre near Lusaka, contributing much to ...
political theatre

political theatre  

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Conscious use of the theatre to make political statements. It probably began when actors made political propaganda in factories during the Russian Revolution. With notable exceptions (such as Nazi ...
Portuguese-speaking African theatre

Portuguese-speaking African theatre  

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Angola, Mozambique, Guinea-Bissau, Cape Verde and Sao Tome e Principe make up lusophone Africa. These former colonies, except for Cape Verde, declared independence in 1975 after a military coup ...
Prosper Kompaoré

Prosper Kompaoré  

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(1950– )Director from Burkina Faso. Born in Côte d'Ivoire, he was educated in Burkina Faso and Paris, where he took a degree in theatre studies. In 1978 he founded the ...
Punjab Lok Rehas

Punjab Lok Rehas  

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Theatre collective, based in Lahore in Pakistan, that broke away from Ajoka in 1987. The founders were Mohammed Waseem, Huma Safdar, Lakht Pashi, Mohammed Nadeem, and Idrees Shafqat. To avoid ...
São Paulo

São Paulo  

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From the beginnings of Jesuit drama in Brazil in the sixteenth century (see also evangelical theatre in Latin America), the most notable ‘Paulista’ movements have been concerned with politics and ...
South America

South America  

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The southern half of the American land mass, connected to North America by the Isthmus of Panama, bordered by the Atlantic Ocean to the east and the Pacific Ocean to the west. Amerindian ...
teatro de la basura

teatro de la basura  

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‘Garbage theatre’, popular movement founded by Honduran schoolteacher Candelario Reyes in the 1980s in response to the political violence spawned by the Nicaraguan contras operating in Honduras. ...
theatre for development

theatre for development  

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Widely used term from Africa to describe instrumental organizations and performances which mobilize audiences into community development in such fields as health, agriculture, literacy, and conflict ...
theatre for development

theatre for development  

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New forms and uses of drama associated primarily with postcolonial rural communities coping with problems of change. Through its widespread use of propaganda, the Second World War inspired a more ...
theatre for young people

theatre for young people  

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In BritainThe twentieth century has seen a vast increase in the number of professional theatre companies working largely, and often exclusively, for young people, beyond the traditional fields of ...
theatre in education

theatre in education  

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As a generic term coined in England in 1965, it is used to describe theatre forms presented by professionals who are versed in the techniques and methods of both teaching ...

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