FORUM THEATRE WORKSHOP

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EXCERCISE 1

FORM A LINE according to your name As in front, when each group finished sit down

EXERCISE 2

THE CANOE IS SINKING. We are all in canoe, you are all rowing the canoe, the canoe hit the rocks and the captain of the canoe will say the canoe is sinking group into sevens, and you all group together and the group that cannot form the group in a proper number will sink.

EXERCISE 3

NAME GAME. When you introduce yourself you do it with a sound and a movement. Repeat this and everyone else joins in and mimics the sound and movement.

EXERCISE 4

POINT OF FOCUS- Develop observation-Point of Concentration.

Everyone sits, two members stand up and you observ the details of what they are doing. Look at them from head to foot.

This time try and observe haw many (things of a type) there are in the room.

How did that feel “its different, I am more centred and less self conscious- I have more time”

Concentration relieves us of certain tensions that are bought about my other people watching us do something. But if we are very concentraed on what we are doing and we are very clear on what we want to achieve we begin to forget these tensions.

EXERCISE 5

Touch sense Development.

Group Dynamics

Trust.

Imagining Terrain

Make a chain holding hands.Close your eyes, just tune in to the fell of the hands of the person beside you, explore how big is it, how rough is it, how smooth are the palms, how long the fingers. Break the chain and this time we try to find that hand by closing your eyes.

RULES You can take the partner aside and sit down but if she doesn’t want to be with you you cannot force her.


EXERCISE 6

BLIND DRAWING

Eye Contact

Facial Expression Focus

Expression to the Group

Look at the face of your partner and without looking at your partner draw one continuos line the outline of the face of your partner. Don’t break the line.

The person who was drawn shares as many things with their partner about their lives.

Now the drawer tries to introduce their new friends by telling what we learnt from them. Hold up the drawing and do this by being that person “I am ……, and I….”

EXERCISE 7

SHAPE ME

NON THREATENING EXPRESSION THROUGH SYMBOLS

Create a shape from this paper representing yourself.

Remember Five Points

1. Your positive traits

2. Your economic background, you occupation, whatever you do.

3. You Love life

4. Your expectations in this workshop

5. Your problems

 

EXERCISE 8

MY LIFE

Turning Points

Obstacles

Motivations

My Future.

By combining these a group sculpture is formed expressing the problems, expectations and background of the group.

A member of the group explains the story of the sculpture ( his take of this ).

 

MORE EXERCISES

Incidents from these stories are played out


OPRESSOR OPRESSED

Having seen the oppression in our present lives it is usefull to look to our dreams of how our lives could be an what woul be the action which would bridge that gap

What we just played out was a situation where there were forces contradicting- this one wanted this and the other one wanted another thing and there was a clash.

What is the focus. Concentrate on the person. He has his own needs, his own wants- this is the character.

So CHARACTER and CONFLICT.

CONFLICT, CHARACTER AND SOCIAL ISSUES

IMAGE THEATRE

Three stages of the situation exxplored are below

ACTUAL-TRANSITIONAL-IDEAL

AN OPRESSION FREE WORLD AND WHAT LEADS THERE

OPRESSION – DRUG ABUSE

STILL POSE

Change to the next frame

THE MOST OPRESSED SPEAKS

STILL POSE

Change to the next frame

OPRESSION

STILL POSE

Try and say what goes on in your mind. What are you thinking- the most oppressed character, maybe you could give us words.

He’s brushing his hair, he’s brushing his teeth and she’s cleaning her nails”

So you’re the most oppressed at this point ?

the mother”

Say that you want him to clean his teeth”

The other don’t move, only mum.

Change to the next frame


TRANSITION

THE MOST OPRESSED BEGINS TO SPEAK

well I didn’t get it anyway, I don’t need the money anyway, stuff them” “sucking on a joint sound”

OUR source of information for our stories were our own lives, and as we work we are able to transform our stories our problems, our dreams into something artistic”

And then we would like to zoom into particular relationships with people that we experience in common, each one of us, or to draw out certain themes or conditions we found in common.

EDUCATION

That we were able to experience a system of mis-education and we rebel against.What else ?”

Conflict”

Conflict with whom ?”

Family”

Community”

The law”

Authority”

"What is the SYSTEM" ?

The school”

Land”

"Why do you have a conflict with the LAND"

Cos we got ripped off”

"Who has the CONTROL"

The state, burocracy, the queen”

"The Queen, you say the Queen has direct controlover Parliament?"

The money”

"Ah so all of the money goes out of the country?"

Give it back to the people, people control”

"So you have the power and also the social attitudes?"

Women, violence toward women, and youth”

"The problems of the YOUTH?"

And the homeless”

We would just like you to reflect again on your stories and just tune into one issue that you would like to elaborate on”

OPRESSOR OPRESSED

EDUCATION

STILL POSE

OPRESSION

STILL POSE

OPRESSOR OPRESSED

EDUCATION

STILL POSE

OPRESSED

OPRESSOR OPRESSED

EDUCATION

STILL POSE

IDEAL

OPRESSOR OPRESSED

EDUCATION

STILL POSE

TRANSITION SCENE

OPRESSOR OPRESSED

EDUCATION

AUDIENCE FEEDBACK

Each Character Speaks

She could be saying…..”

Add more details if you want to”

That’s what that finger shows me. That authority, but on the other hand maybe he is trying to push your authority”

Maybe the person in the audience can add a statement of a few lines”

If we want to hold on to our Language, if we haven’t been brought up with it, and don’t want to leave the lot, we have to leave the white education system and institutions and make our own way back to our Marae and our language.”

AGAIN

Can we have the three pictures again and this time for each pictuire can someone in the group also give statements

You children listen to me I am the authority, you do what I say.”

I want the Reo but legally I have to stay in school and listen to a Pakhea teacher”

I am tied here but I really want to be over there, I can’t win”

Haere Mai this is the way, this is the way to learn”

CHANGE IMAGE

You listen to your elders dear”

I’m listening and learning”

Teach us the way”

Heare mai ki to reo o to rangatira”

CHANGE IMAGE

Heare mai ki to reo o to rangatira”

LOOK at this picture. Do you think it shows a possible transition image ?’

"Its ok but for that fella, he doesn’t know whats going on.”

What do you think about this picture? What does the group think?”

Bunker should raise his fist”

Yeah I think Bunker should be pissed off with things”

You should have a bottle of beer in his fist”

Yeah well the reality is that often when that happens the man just gets agro and say well fuck off then if that’s how you feel and that’s really how it happens a lot”

Dad”

Mum”

I’m hungry”

Never mind you kids, you can starve, who do you think you are, I brought you into this world, what do you want now.”

But dad”

Never mind you”

Dad”

Go to bed, go to Bed , (Throws down the newspaper) well have a look at it.

CHANGE IMAGE

Everyone ready for dinner, come on little children, come and have your dinner. Papa lit the fir, come on, Are you fellas all warm”

Its so nice to be all together again”

True dear”

Hey dad, can I have a cup of tea ?’

Yes, I’ll make it for you


TRANSITION SCENE

Your nothing, youre all nothing, go away (Glug, glug,glug, glug) Yeah, got my beer!”

We’re off mate, we don’t kneed none of you no more,”

Boo hoo wimper wimper”

Heare mai nga tamariki”

I didn’t see it as acting, I saw it as a photo of those actual things, and you could see it as it had already happened”

In our section, in our group, it reminded me a lot of my family, of the situation that happened in my family, but my mother wasn’t lying on the floor, she passed away, and this was my turning point”

To express our feeling was a really cleansing thing, you know, it makes us more able to share our feelings”

These exercises were developed for us, the oppressed people, to find out what our oppression is, to identify who our oppressor is, to find out how we could break out oppression, so this is what we call the Theatre of the Oppressed.”

You know the third group, about the family, as it was it was already a good transition picture frame, but from the audience, from the community, there was a suggestion to put in another image, in the transition, so that’s where you get more people involved and we realise what could be better options, alternatives, because we open the whole process of change to the community

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