Participatory Theatre

The use of forum theatre to explore issues

Being theatre, it takes the audience on a journey, and allows them to follow the main character and the “through-action” of the play. A good forum play engages the audience so that they really care for the main character and feel compelled to show different ideas to improve the outcome. Forum theatre is not only performed in a specific way; it is also scripted differently to other plays. The structure of the play needs to be carefully sculpted and at times adjusted – emotions can run high in the performance, and audience sensibilities are easily offended if the ­play is not seen a fair. Note: we are activating the audience to participate in a performance, and therefore engage in a difficult subject matter.

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