We are forum theatre specialists and it is our passion and always will be. Forum fuses live theatre performance with an interactive workshop. Four actors/facilitator turn up in an empty space with chairs, plug point and audience. With just this we create outstanding theatre that makes a difference and pushes the boundaries of ‘normal’ theatre.
Our interactive element makes us unique in theatre-in-education (TIE) and is a vital to our work. We educate, challenge and stimulate discussion on important issues that affect our young people. Our main area is healthy relationships and breaks down into our main (but by no means only) specialist areas: HBT (homophobic, biphobic and transphobic) and identity based bullying, domestic abuse and sexual health/relationships.
Our work is ground breaking and can ‘pop up’ in a diverse variety of settings. There are no boundaries on where our work is performed to maximise the reach of our vital messages, ensuring accessibility to all. We have performed in schools, colleges, theatres, community halls, concert halls, pupil referral units, conferences, meetings, churches, places of worship, Parliament, outside spaces and are increasing this list to include festivals and prisons. This all-inclusive approach is vitally important to us as we want our message of equality to be shared everywhere.
Forum theatre is a form of interactive theatre from Brazil and was created by practitioner Augustus Boal, who used this theatre to go in to oppressed villages and teach people the strategies to challenge the dictatorship and address inequality.