A date for your Diary


November 14th, 15th, 16th,
(10 to 5pm) 17th (2-6pm), 2017

This workshop is part of TforCG’s  program of bringing the top international Theatre of the Oppressed (TO) facilitators and those using other performance techniques for change to Galway in preparation for the International Theatre for Change Festival in 2020.

About the Workshop

Actors will be scripting a play based on Forum Theatre. The games and exercises in the workshop will act as social metaphors. Through games, the actors will relate to their realities and to themselves.  Thus, actors will explore oppression. All participants will try to understand various dimensions of the oppressor and oppressed in the characters they portray. The ideology of the oppressor will be understood through TO techniques. After the scenes are scripted, the Forum play will be structured and rehearsed. The workshop will also undertake a theoretical journey to revisit Boal.

Who will benefit from this workshop

Anyone who works in the areas of social care, children,  youth work, older people, education, community development, development education, social justice and inclusion and human rights. Community leaders who can use Forum Theatre techniques  to explore social issues important to their community are very welcome too. TfCG supports the principle that those who benefit, commit to passing on and sharing skills learned, with groups and communities of interest who find themselves marginalized and socially excluded. 
On completion of this workshop, participants will acquire:
  • Knowledge of oppression and its structural and systemic nature.
  • Contextualization of Theatre of the Oppressed within the different cultural, social and political contexts in which it developed and where it can be appropriately used.
  • Practice and reflection on aspects of Forum Theatre.
  • Scribing skills

Sanjoy Ganguly, as an active student was disillusioned with party politics. He started a search for a political culture of dialogue and democracy. First working in theatre in rural Bengal in the early 1980s, it was his encounter several years later with Augusto Boal and the Theatre of the Oppressed, coupled with his own passionate commitment to the creation of a more just and equal society, that led him to found Jana Sanskriti (JS).

Jana Sanskriti (JS) Centre for Theatre of the Oppressed, was established in 1985 and was the first exponent of Theatre of the Oppressed (TO) in India. Today, the Centre is seen as one of the most important points of reference to the global community of Theatre of the Oppressed.

Jana Sanskriti believes that there is perfection latent within every individual – waiting to be self-discovered and manifested. When we discover this perfection, we are able to overcome our sense of inferiority that society often imposes upon us. Jana Sanskriti’s goal is to create a space in which the Oppressed will have enormous scope for introspection and self-discovery.  Over three decades, JS has addressed issues like domestic violence, child marriage, girl child trafficking, child abuse, maternal and child health, primary education, health care, illicit liquor, and so on, through theatre.


Cost €200

Places limited

For further information and to secure your place please contact Anne: tforcgalway@gmail.com