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4 & 5 NOVEMBER 2023 - Saturday & Sunday - 9:00 am - 5:00 pm 

“Invisible Theatre makes oppression visible” (Augusto Boal) 

In this workshop, you will learn how theatre can be used to discuss and transform reality with concrete actions. Immerse yourself in a real scene, feel empowered to assume your role as a citizen and give visibility to situations of oppression in your personal context, workplace, family setting or local community that are invisible in daily life.

First developed by Brazilian theatre director Augusto Boal in the 1970s, Invisible Theatre is an influential method to generate public discussion about social injustice and effect transformation in the lives of people and their communities.

Through a series of physical, sensory and memory theatre exercises, you will first be led to de-mechanise your body, ears and mind. This will enable you to develop your physical senses, rhythms, sounds, space awareness, relationships, memory, emotions and imagination. You will then be introduced to image games and character-building techniques used in theatre practice.

This weekend-long experience will culminate in an “invisible” short performance that will be staged in a public space, where involuntary viewers become active participants in a real situation of oppression. In this way, spectators are real contributors, spontaneously reacting and giving opinions about the discussion provoked by the performers. It is theatre that takes place in a non-traditional performance space with an audience that does not know it is an audience.

The workshop is led by D.I.V.E. Theatre Collective’s Artistic Director Cesar Genaro, who was born and trained in Brazil, having used and disseminated Invisible Theatre techniques throughout his career as an actor and director in Brazil and Australia.

Cost: $170 (Early Bird – until 15 October 2023), OR $210

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Refund policy

50% refund available if you cancel within 14 days of the workshop commencement. Workshop fees will not be refunded if you cancel within 7 days of the workshop commencement. Participants who are unable to attend the workshop for COVID-related reasons will be offered a choice of a full refund or a credit for a future workshop. If a workshop is cancelled by the organiser, the participants will be offered a choice of a full refund or a credit for a future workshop. D.I.V.E. Theatre Collective will endeavour to inform participants of cancellations at least 48 hrs prior to the workshop.