Part of Pluto's 21st birthday series Get Political, which brings essential political writing in a range of fields to a new audience.`One of the most revered figures in world theatre ... the liberation theologian of theatre.' Guardian `Should be read by everyone in the world of theatre who has any pretensions at all to political commitment.' John Arden`So remarkable, so original and so ground-breaking that I have no hesitation in describing the book as the most important theoretical work on the theatre in modern times.' George Wellwarth"Theatre is a weapon. ... A weapon for liberation."This new edition of Theatre of the Oppressed brings a classic work on radical drama fully up to date and includes a new foreword by the author Augusto Boal.
Boal restores theatre to its proper place as a popular form of communication and expression.
He demonstrates the ways in which theatre has come to reflect ruling-class control, drawing on the theories of Aristotle and Machiavelli.
He then shows the process reversed in Brechtian/Marxist poetics to the revolutionary potential of transforming the spectator into the actor.
Throughout, Boal draws on his own experience in Latin America and illustrates his theory with practical examples.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 192 pages
- Publisher: Pluto Press
- Publication Date: 07/08/2008
- Category: Theatre studies
- ISBN: 9780745328386