Rainbow of Desire is a handbook of exercises with a difference. It is Augusto Boal’s bold and brilliant statement about the therapeutic ability of. Rainbow of Desires is the over-arching name given by Augusto Boal to a range of exercises, games and techniques on using the power of theatre to identify. Augusto Boal The Rainbow of Desire: the Boal Method of Theatre and Therapy London: Routledge, p. £ (pbk).

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Theatre of the Oppressed – Wikipedia

The idea is to make the pressure-cooker explode and the unconscious come pouring out. And the point is to work with the image — not the spoken story behind it. Paperbackpages. The activity is mainly improvised. The Rainbow of Desire: Boal, in contrast, writes of warding-off or defeating hostile parts — conceived in a similar manner to Stirnerian spooks. Part of the power of drama is that images can bypass the censorship exercised by thoughts and habits.

Actors might also make rainboa of a word, or create two images which mirror each other, where the protagonist replaces one of the other actors and vice-versa.

Hany raonbow it it was amazing Aug 26, Boal clarifies that this practice is not intended to show the correct path, but rather to discover all possible dainbow which may be further examined. A group from Burkina Faso combines naturalistic and ritualised presentations.

Running theatre of this kind in situations or with examples where change seems impossible, or imaginary scripts are exhausted, could lead to despair and fatalism. Marcus Liefert rated it really liked pf May 02, When it is imported, it is often converted into a method for coping with society rather than changing it. They might be ahead of the oppressed in this field. The Boal Method of Theatre and Therapy.


Boal was an avid supporter of utilizing interactive techniques, especially in the context of theatre. Those already familiar with Forum Theatre will find it a fascinating further set of theatrical tools; people new to the work will be amazed at the possibilities. He was the founder of Theatre of the Oppressed, a theatrical form originally used in radical popular education movements.

Desure goal is a kind of catharsis which, instead of removing desires, removes blocks on desire. Such sympathy is not possible in conventional theatre, only in Boalian theatre. Boal emphasizes the critical need to prevent the isolation of the audience.

Boal suggests that the cops are in our heads, but their headquarters are outside.

Theatre of the Oppressed

Rainbow of Desire will make fascinating reading for those already familiar with Boal’s work and is also completely accessible to anyone new to Theatre of the Oppressed techniques. Work in prisons is possible, but problematic, since Boal refuses solidarity either with the crimes of prisoners or the abuses committed by guards.

Boal also argues that such youths are victims of social oppression. His belief that theatre is a means to create the future rather than passively wait for it has inspired hundreds of groups from all over the world to use his techniques in a multitude of settings.

The Rainbow of Desire: The Boal Method of Theatre and Therapy

One of the most intense, stimulating, challenging and liberating experiences of my life. Because of this structure of oppression, Northern participations also had problems new to Boal — loneliness, fear of emptiness, impossibility of communicating. Now translated into English and fully and comprehensively updated from the French, this books sets out the techniques which help us see’ for the first Photo-romance is a romantic narrative illustrated with sequential photographs in the style of a comic strip, usually published in magazines and such.


It uses caricature to magnify the situation, making it easier to perceive. In order to work, the process needs to focus on scenes or images with which rainow audience can sympathise, not purely personal ones.

In a related discussion, Tim Mitchell recounts a session in prison which ran a scenario where a freed convict was rejected by his son.

Internalised oppression can be complex. Theatre also helps promote empathy. We rarely manifest our full potential, or becoming.

The International Festival of the Theatre of the Oppressed bola the variety of approaches taken in different cultural traditions. The technique involves introducing to the participants the general plot without revealing the source of the photo-romance.

The strategies are as follows Wardrip-Fruin, In one session in France, Boal recounts that desiee participant — a vocational student — said he had never experienced oppression, only enmerdement shittiness. The National medical journal of India.

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Gemma Rogers rated it liked it Oct rainbiw, A bright spark in Saharawi-Algerian solidarity Wednesday, May 9, Boal states that the process to be realized in doing this type of theater is the one that ascends from the phenomenon toward the law; from the phenomena presented in the plot toward the social laws that govern those phenomena.

As a result, Boal theorises crime mainly in terms of drug gangs. Sometimes, this gap can be filled linguistically. It refers to the dual role of those involved in deire process as both spectator and actor, as they both observe and create dramatic meaning and action in any performance.