Jana Sanskriti Centre for the Theatre of the Oppressed, based in West Bengal, is probably the largest and longest lasting Forum Theatre operation in the world. It was considered by Augusto Boal to be the chief exponent of his methodology outside of its native Brazil.
This book is a unique first-hand account - by the group's artistic director Sanjoy Ganguly - of Jana Sanskriti's growth and development since its founding in 1985, which has resulted in a national Forum Theatre network throughout India. Ganguly describes the plays, people and places that have formed this unique operation and discusses its contribution to the wider themes espoused by Forum Theatre.
Ganguly charts and reflects on the practice of theatre as politics, developing an intriguing and persuasive case for Forum Theatre and its role in provoking responsible action. His combination of anecdotal insight and lucid discussion of Boal’s practice offers a vision of far-reaching transformation in politics and civil society.
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Table of Contents
List of figures ix
About the book xi
Speech by Boal xiii
Editor's preface xv
1 Celebrating the rehearsal of revolution: a historical profile of Jana Sanskriti Centre for the Theatre of the Oppressed 1
2 Boal's theatre: the recognition of resource 41
3 Boal's poetics as politics 55
4 Theatre as rehearsal of future political action 73
5 Beyond West Bengal: other Indian scenarios 90
6 Beyond India: workshop diary 98
7 The politics of collective thinking: scripting power 119
8 Aesthetics and ethics: shaping collective practice 127
9 Reflections and prospects 134