The Theatre of the Oppressed is a powerful method for activating social groups facing oppressions of different kinds. It opens a space for dialogue and allows participants to develop their social and communication skills. It supports personal development in areas like self-expression, self-awareness, building self-esteem, self-confidence, and entrepreneurship, contributing to social cohesion. Despite the effectiveness of the method, there are very few courses available preparing for the role of the facilitator of these processes, known in the Theatre of the Oppressed as ‘the Joker’.
For this reason, Partner Organizations of this Strategy Partnership Project under the Erasmus Plus Program created the idea of the Long Term Training in 3 stages which will help understanding the complexity of the Theatre of the Oppressed process: from group building, through building the story and performing it, to multiplying.
The aim of this training is to develop complex competencies for the Joker in Forum Theatre in different
areas: as a facilitator, moderator, director, joker of the forum, motivator, mentor, manager, and coordinator.
During the course, participants get the opportunity to discuss the kind of oppressions they encounter in their local communities.
“I am used to classical theatre, but after Jaroslawki I discovered a new discipline to approach social issues through the use of theatre”Dani, participant
“Life begins at the end of our comfort zone”Evi, Participant
“Empathy is innate to all of us, we just have to humble ourselves and remember”Yosr, Translator