Peace building, community transformation, social conscientization & behavioural change thru' Tfd- participatory theatre

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That's what our work can do:
we remind people that things can change,
that wounds can heal, that people can be forgiven,
and that closed hearts can open again. -
Larry Moss

Participatory Theatre. During my studies I heard a lot about Augusto Boal. I saw Forum Theatre Plays all over Germany. I never liked them. Mostly the art wasn't important enough - only the content. Not my thing, was what I thought. Then I came to Uganda and saw Rafiki Theatre performing and I changed my mind. I never saw a theatre troupe using that form of theatre in such a creative way. It's not used as method, it is art. Powerful actors in an impressive performance-Moving. And while you are enjoying the play, you reflect about the content. It is a beautiful way to get information. Mature politicians or young school kids, they are watching the plays showing different reactions. If it is laughing about the ironic jokes or remaining totally silent when it gets emotional. Sometimes you see them laughing when it comes to difficult topics like sexual or ethical violence. They laugh, because they get insecure, not knowing what emotional reaction to show in front of the others. But as soon as it comes to the participatory part, the people show that they were really getting attached to the topic and thinking about it. They discuss, they tell their or friends' stories and they change the scenes, while acting on stage. After a performance and especially after the participation of the audience, you feel happy like after watching a movie with a happy ending.
Stefanie Rejzek, German theatre practitioner.