Erasmus students’ voices in Forum Theatre
A very special event took place on Tuesday evening, January 23rd 2018 in student club on the Opole University campus. The Erasmus students presented the result of their intercultural project – the short video gathering their experiences and the Forum Theatre performance.
Forum Theatre („Theatre of the Oppressed”), created by Augusto Boal, shows oppressive situations and makes spectators reflect on their own influence related to changing the situation. In such a performance, first, the actors and actresses present the situation with the participation of a person who experiences violence, the oppressor and witnesses. Then, the play is repeated but this time the spectators can intervene in any moment to stop the oppression, support the victim and change his or her situation.
In case of our students, preparation for the performance started during the classes devoted to intercultural project. The students shared their experiences and the lecturer, dr M. Pogorzelska, suggested transforming them into the play. Next, students chose the events for their play (discriminatory treatment of a Turkish student at a Polish airport, violent incidents in a music club involving the girl with a headscarf and Turkish students) and during hours of rehearsals built real characters and powerful scenes.