Theatre for change – ‘Disorder contained’

Many of you will know about Brecht and Boal, and will probably have come across some other theorists or theatre companies that create theatre designed to make a specific impact, and hopefully bring about some change in ways of thinking, behaviour or spur people on to take action to bring about some sort of change in their environment or society. Brecht work for us deals with history, so we can look at this issues from a distance, and relate safely ...

‘Short+Sweet’ – India notebook #2

The other day one of my students invited me to attend the 'Short+Sweet' Theatre festival she was participating in. I went along to the NCPA (National Centre for Performing Arts) at Nariman Point, Mumbai, to be introduced to a whole new world of plays. The 'Short+Sweet' festivals have been running for about the last ten years. They started in Melbourne, Australia, with some new plays and inexperienced performers, putting 10 minute plays on stage. This idea, to introduce new writing, and ...