It’s often tritely said, that the dead live on in what they leave behind. In Boal’s case this is probably, appropriate as the legacy of his work is real, vibrant and very alive.
Forum Interactive, acknowledges Boal’s work and influence both as an organisation and as individuals over a number of years.
The work that we do now has its roots in the Theatre in Education experiences we developed as practitioners through the 1970s and 80s using theatre to enable participation, understanding and learning; to inspire, to empower and to take action.
Much of that work was influenced by Boal. His writing provided an intellectual and theoretical framework for theatre as a powerful agent for change in addition to practical examples of how it can work.
Most importantly, in my view is the reinforcement of the fact that the theatre process belongs to everyone and that with the appropriate support, everyone and anyone can use it.
Games really are for Actors and Non-Actors!
By Augusto Boal (translated by Adrian Jackson) 1992 (new edition 2002)
Routledge ISBN 0-415-06155-5
By Augusto Boal 1995 Routledge ISBN 0451103495
By Augusto Boal 1979 (new edition 2000) Pluto Press ISBN 0745316573
By Augusto Boal 1998 Routledge ISBN 0415182417
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