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Legislative Theatre Manual

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This manual is about Legislative Theatre, one of Theatre of the Oppressed methods, which can be used in order to address oppression at the systemic level. The manual is available in English, Romanian, Portuguese, Polish, Hungarian and Greek.

Aims of the tool

This manual is meant for practitioners in the Theatre of the Oppressed field (at the beginning or more advanced on this journey), highly interested to work with the Legislative Theatre method.

The objectives of the manual are to:
-Provide them with theoretical background and practical tools.
-Increase their impact in their society (applying this method).
-Increase their motivation and belief that systemic change is needed and possible.

Legislative Theatre is not only about theatre. In fact, the theatre part of the whole process probably accounts for less than 50 % of the needed efforts and work.

Description of the tool

We have detailed our approach and take on this method, as well as our reflections and thoughts on some of its (possible) principles and dilemmas.

At times, in our explanations, we have compared Legislative Theatre with Forum Theatre. Sometimes, things become clearer when you say how they are or when you compare them with things they are not. If the reader is not familiar with Forum Theatre we have included, in various sections, minimum information, in order to increase understanding. Additionally, we have published a manual specifically on Forum Theatre and it can be consulted if interest exists:

Besides the detailed explanations and guidelines, we have included a large section of exercises which practitioners can use in their efforts to work with this method.
We have also listed sample workshops or training programs for those who need some more support for structuring a preparatory module.
We have made sure to include some of the aspects we consider critical in working with this method and we wish to trigger critical reflection and practice.

At this link you can find this Manual in the following languages: English, Greek, Hungarian, Polish, Portuguese and Romanian:


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Tool overview

Legislative Theatre Manual

This tool is for

Theatre of the Oppressed Practitioners Advocacy Coordinators Campaigners Project Coordinators Facilitators

and addresses

Youth Initiatives, Networking and Follow-up, European Citizenship, Youth Democracy projects, Youth Participation

It is recommended for use in:

Capacity Building
Meetings between young people and decision-makers

Behind the tool

The tool was created by

Andreea-Loredana Tudorache

in the context of

This material was created as a dissemination publication in the project “Using Theatre to Make Politics” (funded with the support of the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union, through Key Action 3 – European Youth Together).

The tool was published to the Toolbox by

Andreea-Loredana Tudorache (on 24 January 2022)

and last modified

21 October 2021

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