About Theatre For Democracy
Many questions surround our political system. Is it broken? Flawed?
Could we make our democracy work more effectively at a grassroots level?
Theatre for Democracy is process led, taking the idea of democracy back to people power.
In a 10-12 week theatre-making programme; groups will shape and form their own opinions surrounding an issue in their community.
These opinions will then be showcased in front of people who can affect the changes that need to be made.
Democracy = ‘people power’ and Theatre For Democracy embraces this original meaning.
Adapted from the work of Augusto Boal’s ‘Theatre of the Oppressed’, it creates space to explore questions which really matter with people who may not normally have their voices heard.
We believe Art can be used within democracy to build relationships and create dialogue between decision makers and the young people they represent, and this is what Theatre for Democracy is for.
Within each project, a group of young people work together with a facilitator over 10-12 weeks. At weekly workshops, they explore a wide variety of self-selected themes through theatre. What is explored depends on what the group want out of it.
The process culminates in a performance piece devised by the group and shared with an invited audience of local decision-makers and people who have the authority to make changes relevant to the issues at hand (e.g. police services, housing associations, independent bodies etc.)
After the performance, the facilitator moderates a discussion between the participants and audience around the issues highlighted in the piece in order to formulate a “take-out-of-the-room strategy” - something tangible or actionable, something which can be followed up to enable progress and real change.