Social theatre is an evolving cultural practice and an important tool to stimulate debates around social issues and sensitive topics. Widely used in community action by artists, young people and civil society organizations, it translates in a variety of experiences in West Africa and around the world. Here we present five distinct approaches to inspire and enrich your skills.
How to organize a social theatre activity
Storytelling has nourished the imagination of societies with oral traditions for thousands of years. In Africa, storytelling is widely used to share knowledge in villages from generation to generation. Storytelling is an inexhaustible source of inspiration for the performing arts.
Popular Theatre, as its name suggests, aims to democratize art and provide easy access to culture. It often combines different art forms and uses comedic techniques, such as satire and caricature, to talk about social issues.
Forum Theatre is a form of ‘Theatre of the Oppressed’, an interactive theatre method based on two beliefs: that theatre can and should be a tool for changing the world, and that every human being owns its language.
Born from a desire to democratize creative processes, collective creation allows a play to be created in group, with or without the help of a professional director, calling for participation, personal expression and collective thinking.
In improvisation battles, two teams of players confront each other, and a facilitator ensures that the rules of the match are respected. The battle combines creativity, a competitive spirit and self-fulfillment.