Theatre of the Oppressed (part virtual/part in person)

by Michael Avila

Unit:  Theatre of the Oppressed

 

Objective: Students will demonstrate their understanding of oppression, empathy, Boal techniques by creating and participating in Forum Theatre scenes.

 

Learning level:Advanced (Secondary Education)

 

Student Prior Experience: Students have a strong understanding of the basics of theatre including body, voice, improvisation, risk-taking, and performance experience.

 

National Standards

  • TH:Cr1.1.III.a. Synthesize knowledge from a variety of dramatic forms, theatrical conventions, and technologies to create the visual composition of a drama/ theatre work.
  • TH:Cr2-III.a. Develop and synthesize original ideas in a drama/theatre work utilizing critical analysis, historical and cultural context, research, and western or nonwestern theatre traditions.
  • TH: Re7.1.-III.a. Use historical and cultural context to structure and justify personal responses to a drama/theatre work.
  • TH:Re9.1.III.c. Compare and debate the connection between a drama/theatre work and contemporary issues that may impact audiences. 
  • TH:Cn10.1.III.a. Collaborate on a drama/theatre work that examines a critical global issue using multiple personal, community, and cultural perspectives. 

 

Enduring Understandings

  • Oppression detrimentally affects us all
  • Images are effective tools of theatre
  • Play is essential to theatre

 

Essential Questions

  • What is Theatre of the Oppressed?
  • Why are games and play important to theatre?
  • How are images powerful tools of theatre?
  • What is oppression?

 

Authentic Performance Tasks

  • Image and Forum theatre performances
  • Forum theatre performance
  • Boal reading response

 

Unit Lessons:

Lesson 1:  Introduction to TO

Objective: Students will demonstrate their understanding of play and discovery as essential tools of theatre by reflecting on Boal Games and their connection to acting and oppression.

 

Lesson 2: (Online) What is Oppression?

Objective: Students will demonstrate their understanding of Theatre of the Oppressed by participating in an online discussion of Chapter 1 of “Games for Actors and Non-actors” by Augusto Boal.

 

Lesson 3: Oppressions and Images

Objective: Students will demonstrate their understanding of using and analyzing images to tell stories by creating and responding to Story Gifts.

 

Lesson 4: (Online) Oppression in ‘A Raisin in the Sun’

Objective: Students will demonstrate their understanding of oppression by analyzing Act 1 Scene 1 of ‘A Raisin in the Sun’ by Lorraine Hansberry.

 

Lesson 5: Image Theatre

Objective: Students will demonstrate their understanding of using and analyzing images to tell stories by creating and responding to Story Gifts.

 

Lesson 6: (Online) Analyzing Images

Objective: Students will demonstrate their understanding of Image Theatre by analyzing Act 1 Scene 2 of ‘A Raisin in the Sun.’

 

Lesson 7: Sculpting Images

Objective: Students will demonstrate their understanding of Image Theatre by creating multiple images of oppression and reflecting on the activity.

 

Lesson 8: (Online) Perspective Taking

Objective: Students will demonstrate their understanding of the importance of others’ perspectives by analyzing another’s thoughts and feelings about oppression.

 

Lesson 9: Forum Theatre