The Big Anxiety, Naarm

The Big Anxiety, Naarm
Theatre of the Oppressed workshop on power and mental health


Theatre of the Oppressed, developed by the Brazilian theatre maker Augusto Boal, uses theatre as a means of promoting social and political change. One technique, known as Forum Theatre, invites actors and non-actors to share, and then enact, an oppression or struggle relevant to the audience or community. After the initial performance, audience members are invited to become ‘spect-actors’, stepping into the action to replace to actors, in an attempt to explore new outcomes.

Minola Theatre, in collaboration with Arts for Inclusion, utilise this technique within The Big Anxiety to uncover and disrupt the power relations inherent in interactions within mentalhealth systems.

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