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Newspaper Theatre

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Newspaper Theatre, one of Theatre of the Oppressed methods, can be used to stimulate critical consumption of media content and social engagement. The manual is available in English, Romanian, Portuguese, Polish, Hungarian, Greek and Norwegian.

Aims of the tool

Newspaper Theatre is the most complex method of all Theatre of the Oppressed methods, even though, in its most basic forms, it is the simplest.

This manual aims to bring to light its simplicity, but especially its complexity, and to help practitioners navigate their way around working with this method, in times when even the concept of “newspaper” is fading away with most of the news materials being published online.

What can you find in this manual?
-Detailed explanations on Newspaper Theatre and its techniques
-Concrete examples of scenarios from our work
-Practical Guidelines on how to work with this method
-Joker instructions adapted to the Newspaper Theatre process
-A large section of exercises which practitioners can use in their efforts to work with this method.

This manual is addressed to YOU if you:
-are comfortable without clear and strict structures
-are interested to think outside the box
-want to use Newspaper Theatre to tackle oppression in your community
-preferably, are not new to the Theatre of the Oppressed field
-want to manage in a responsible manner the experience of the actors and audience members

Description of the tool

Newspaper Theatre is a wonderful, fantastic and amazing method. Every play is unique and no scenario can be like any other. There is such an abundant area of possibilities to create, imagine, generate and transpose news into Newspaper Theatre performances. Performances that can be shocking, mind blowing, hard to watch, emotional or very simple and direct. It can trigger discussions on very specific issues, systemic or more general, local or global, philosophical, abstract or extremely concrete. It’s a fascinating method, especially because it seems simple, but is not, it could be easy to work with and extremely complicated at the same time. It is multi-layered, not confined to a strict structure and doesn’t promise more than what you are willing to do with it.

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


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Tool overview

Newspaper Theatre

This tool is for

Theatre of the Oppressed Practitioners Journalists Media Content Producers PR Coordinators Campaigners Project Coordinators Facilitators

and addresses

Social Inclusion, Anti-Racism, European Citizenship, Gender issues, Youth Participation

It is recommended for use in:

Training and Networking
Capacity Building

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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