Widening the scope of Boal's Rainbow of Desire

Research output: Non-textual formPerformance

Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationIsrael
PublisherUnknown Publisher
Publication statusPublished - 01 Oct 2006

Bibliographical note

Medium of Output: Applied Theatre Workshops
Brief details of Performance: These workshops which took place in Jerusalem and Haifa in July 2005 and October 2006 were the culmination of an extended research programme in Applied Theatre exploring the flexibility of Augusto Boal's "Rainbow of Desire" methodology within the wider context of Image Theatre. The Jerusalem workshop took place under the auspices of the Peres Peace Centre and involved Arab and Jewish school teachers, helping them develop performative ways of responding to two theatre-in-education productions. The Haifa workshop involved Jewish and Arab actors and explored the use of image theatre techniques in representation of Israel-Palestine. The capacity of image theatre to help mediate ideas in a multi-lingual situation was central to both workshops, and built on my earlier research in multi-lingual contexts, including my Hungarian-language production of "Translations" by Brian Friel and workshops for Youth Bank Northern Ireland with Irish and Bosnian young people. In all these cases, work done over the last seven years on experimenting with the adaptablity of the "Rainbow of Desire" including work in the context of Legal Education, Health Education and Actor Training proved to be of central importance.

This research has been disseminated at three conferences:
â??Transferable Ills, the Ethics of Applied Theatreâ??, Applied Theatre Working Group, TaPRA Inaugural Conference, University of Manchester, September 2005
â??Creating Theatre Under Political Conflictâ?? at the Acco Festival, Israel, October 2006
â??The role of imagery in multi-lingual performanceâ??, Irish Society of Theatre Research conference, Queenâ??s University, April 2007

The research context has been articulated in the following ways:
Publication - 'Ripples in the Pond: Community drama and the development of interactive theatre in Northern Irelandâ?? in Drama as Social Intervention, (Eds. Michael Balfour and John Somers), Captus University Publications, 2006
Conference Papers - â??Framing Reality: A Case Study in Prison Theatre in Northern Irelandâ?? at the â??Acts of Aggressionâ?? Symposium, University of Ulster, November 2006 and as part of the IFTR Political Performances Working Group at the Indian Society of Theatre Research conference, in Jaipur, January 2007
â??Interactive Drama in Interprofessional Developmentâ?? at the â??Better Health Now IIIâ?? Conference, Imperial College, London, April 2006
Workshop: â??Adapting Boalâ??s Rainbow of Desire for Actor Trainingâ?? at the â??How to Actâ?? Conference, Central School of Speech and Drama, London., February 2007

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