Forum theatre

Forum theatre

The most common use of drama in learning and development draws on the concept of forum theatre. This was invented by a Brazilian actor called Augustus Boal, who originally developed the technique to help local communities stand up for their political rights.

Forum theatre works by using a small number of actors to act out a situation that will invariably involve a dilemma or issue that requires resolution. The audience is then invited by facilitators to comment on the scenes they have just witnessed and offer suggestions on how things could be improved. When used effectively, this approach can be used to ignite usually difficult conversations around particularly tricky workplace issues, such as diversity or sexual harassment in a manner that will engage and provoke the reactions of the audience.

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