Theatre of the Oppressed

Theatre of the Oppressed

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This new edition of Theatre of the Oppressed brings a classic work on radical drama fully up to date and includes a new foreword by the author Augusto Boal. Boal restores theatre to its proper place as a popular form of communication and expression. He demonstrates the ways in which theatre has come to reflect ruling-class control, drawing on the theories of Aristotle and Machiavelli. He then shows the process reversed in Brechtian/Marxist poetics to the revolutionary potential of transforming the spectator into the actor. Throughout, Boal draws on his own experience in Latin America and illustrates his theory with practical examples.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 192 pages
  • 135 x 215 x 21mm | 364g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0745328393
  • 9780745328393

Table of contents

Preface to 2008 edition

Preface to 2000 edition

Preface to 1974 edition

1. Aristotle's Coercive System of Tragedy

2. Machiavelli and the Poetics of Virtu

3. Hegel and Brecht: The Character as Subject or the Character as Object?

4. Poetics of the Oppressed

5. Development of the Arena Theater of Sao Paulo


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Review quote

'One of the most revered figures in world theatre ... the liberation theologian of theatre.' The Guardian 'Should be read by everyone in the world of theatre who has any pretensions at all to political commitment.' John Arden'So remarkable, so original and so ground-breaking that I have no hesitation in describing the book as the most important theoretical work on the theatre in modern times.' George Wellwarth
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About Augusto Boal

Augusto Boal (1931 - 2009) was a renowned dramatist and the author of several works on politics and theatre.
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