Forum Theatre” was the key concept stemmed from the “Theatre of the Oppressed”, a type of theatre created by the innovative and influential Brazilian Augusto Boal.   Boal created Forum theatre as a forum for teaching people how to change their world. In this process the actors or audience members could stop a performance, often a short scene in which a character was being oppressed in some way.  The audience would suggest different actions for the actors to carry out on-stage in an attempt to change the outcome of what they were seeing.

Nowadays, forum theatre has been widely applied in corporate learning development, social and community transformation, family relations and in education sectors.

A Hong Kong based fashion retail company

Shop Managers and Managers/Supervisors of various department, which need to work together closely on daily promotion, operation and administration.

  • A platform for building a communicative, cohesive team driving towards the team’s goal
  • Seeing the truth behind the surface of conflicts between teams and having a better understanding of the situation and difficulties of different parties
  • Empowering participants to manage and resolve conflicts between teams and to become leaders in conflict management
  1. Warm up
    Participants engage in warm up games to break the ice in the new training environment and with each other.
  2. Story sharing
    Through theatre games, participants form pairs and small groups, and start to share stories, from daily life to work life stories, both stories of happiness and stories of challenges and conflicts.
  3. Analyze “conflict” and rehearsal
    Trainers guide the participants to analyze their conflict stories generated from work.  Participants come up with detailed script, character, and rehearse the conflict scenes for drama performance.
  4. Show time!
    Participants perform the dramas.  In each performance, there are interactions between performers and audience, who will step into shoes of different roles, and they will explore different possibilities to resolve the conflicts and get instant feedback.  Whether the staged conflict could be resolved or not, the discussion is valuable as it opens possibilities and empower participants.
  5. Debriefing: consolidate the reflections into learning points.
    Discussion on the steps, choices, thoughts and expressions that happen during the forum and the insights it brings to the participants.  How the learning can be applied to work for particular conflicts and for other conflicts is the key focus.
I understand the problems and difficulties of others through stepping into others’ roles.
Feedback 1
The most remarkable part is the discussion at the end, on how each character can change to resolve the conflict.
Feedback 2
Thinking from different people’s perspectives, understanding where do the ideas and thoughts come from.
Feedback 3
There is solution to every problem, all you need is to make the first move.
Feedback 4
Learnt to think at different angle, and the part on problem solving was especially useful.
Feedback 5