Theater of the Oppressed
Theater of the Oppressed provides tools for people to explore collective struggles, analyze their history and present circumstances, and then experiment with inventing a new future together through theater. This web-site offers an arsenal of theater techniques to motivate people, restore true dialogue, and create space for participants to rehearse taking action.
Improvisation Drama on Race
Improvisation is a kind of activity where without preparation, participants are asked to create a scene, speak, act, react. The basics are provided: Who, What, Where and initial interaction to get things started. Try this one out between Person of color-Church member, Church Board President
and other Church member including allies of both person of color and president:
Called to Heal a Broken World — A Skit
As we feel a call to heal a broken world, how can we really be effective? Where does the destruction came from? With people trying to fix things with disparate sometimes confused tactics how can any climate change repair happen? With humor and simplicity this skit addresses these questions.
Sisters of the Light
Sisters of the Light was a women’s multi-cultural spiritual group int he 1990’s. Among other things, they would present stories of six primarily Wampanoag, and Quaker women from Cape Cod history one of them being abolitionist Quaker, Lucretia Mott.
“The theater itself is not revolutionary: it is a rehearsal for the revolution.” —Augusto Boal
“Got… Really?” beads
“Got… Really?” beads are a cheap and easy action. Choose what “Got _ _ _ _?” phrases you want to use such as “Got bias? Then on the back print “Really?”
TAGS: [Collective Action] [Accountability] [Role Model] [White Privilege]
Burying the N-Word
Burying the N-Word was an action initiated by NAACP in 2007. It was spearheaded by NAACP National Board Chairman Julian Bond, (who was a George School alumnus).
James Varner recreated this action at New England Yearly Meeting in 2008.
Shake and Say
Use any sort of plastic containers with lids. Fill some 1/2 full, others 2/3rds full, others 3/4ths full with any kind of dried beans. (Different kinds of containers and beans, as well as different fill levels, make different sounds.)
Find some interesting, poignant, and powerful quotes from a person of color admired by your community. Print out the quotes on business card blanks. Find ways to distribute.
Buy cheap inner soles. In big type, formatted to fit on the inner soles, print out copies of phrases such as: “An Inner Soul On A Journey Of Healing”