Legislative Theatre (1990's)

The performance of Legislative Theatre begins with Boal telling the story of his election to office in Rio de Janeiro. While there, he began the legislative theater to organize groups of people and help them fight oppression through theater. The inclusion of marginalized people in the theater allowed them to express their problems and was also part of Boal’s work to bring attention to oppression through his political office. The efforts of the Theatre of the Oppressed to make substantial political change and extend the potential of democracy led to the passing of 13 laws in Rio de Janeiro. In this performance, Boal recreates the years of Legislative Theater by dividing the participants into groups and giving them a socio-political issue to improvise and act on, such as minimum wage. While the five plays happen simultaneously, Boal offers the following as confirmation of the need for political change, driven by the most vulnerable populations: “We present the problem, but the solution comes from you.”



Permanent URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2333.1/zpc86bph

Additional Info

  • Title: Legislative Theatre
  • Holdings: video (HIDVL)
  • Duration: 01:57:50
  • Language: English
  • Date: Unknown (1990's)
  • Location: London, England
  • Type-Format: performance
  • Cast: Lisa Jardim, Tarik Ali, Paul Hallan, Mark Stephens, Lisa Hirst, Moira Gart, Julian Boal, Adrien Jackson, Ally Campbell.