By Augusto Boal
Video games for Actors and Non-Actors is the vintage and top promoting booklet by means of the founding father of Theatre of the Oppressed, Augusto Boal. It units out the rules and perform of Boal's innovative approach, displaying how theatre can be utilized to rework and release everyone – actors and non-actors alike! This completely up-to-date and considerably revised moment variation contains: new essays by means of Boal on significant contemporary initiatives in Brazil Boal's description of his paintings with the Royal Shakespeare corporation a revised creation and translator's preface a collection of pictures taken in the course of Boal's workshops, commissioned for this version new reflections on discussion board Theatre.
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The male actor (even if he was a spectator at the beginning) was still, as far as the women were concerned, a male actor; the woman spect-actor on the other hand was one of them, a woman on stage, standing there in the name of other women. The male actor, played in Giuseppina’s place, but not in her name. It clearly follows that when an actor carries out an act of liberation in a normal play where intervention by the audience is not allowed, he or she does it in place of the spectator, which event is thus, for the audience, a catharsis.
So how has Boal himself changed? If the answer was ‘not at all’, this might sit oddly with a person who has given his life’s work to exploring theatre as a medium for change. A few years ago I translated an older piece of his, which, prior to his revision, was riddled with references to the ‘Yankee oppressors’; in the same text, any references to therapy were likely to have been couched in terms of Western bourgeois decadence. Now he is a regular visitor to New York and Omaha, he is married to a pyschoanalyst, as well as inventing a whole school of work using drama as therapy.
From the very ﬁrst day, I felt at home talking to professionals like myself, people who were, again like Cicely and myself, totally open minded and open hearted in relation to the new experience and experiment we were undertaking. ’ So I did, and it worked well. ’ It worked again. 1 PREFACE TO THE SECOND EDITION Did I treat them like something that in reality they were not? Not at all: I merely took them for what they really were – indigenous people in Peru, actors at Stratford, peasants in India: they are all, like me, just human beings.