Course / Workshop

Forum Theatre Workshop

22 Mar 2023 6-9.30pm


Join Adrian Jackson, founder and ex-artistic director of Cardboard Citizens, for an introduction to Forum Theatre and the Theatre of the Oppressed, a technique used by Pilvi Takala in her work Close Watch (2022).

Theatre of the Oppressed was founded as a method by Brazilian theatre practitioner Augusto Boal for catalysing social, personal and political change. Jackson has translated Boal's books into English and has taught his work around the world. Used across different contexts - such as activism, development, theatre, community, public and social sectors - Theatre of the Oppressed proposes a set of dramatic techniques which aim to activate spectators as actors to explore and expose systemic injustice and social inequality. 

This workshop is open to all, no experience required. Come in clothes you can move around in.

Please note that tickets are limited. If for any reason you cannot attend please let us know so we can reallocate your place.


Adrian Jackson is the ex- Artistic Director and founder of Cardboard Citizens, a theatre company working particularly with homeless and ex-homeless people which he founded in 1991. He directed some 30 productions for that company, including three co-productions with the Royal Shakespeare Company, Pericles, Timon of Athens, and Visible, till he stepped down in 2021; a number of these productions he also wrote, including A Few Man Fridays (2012) about the plight of the Chagos Islanders at Riverside Studios, and Bystanders about homelessness and violence, for Summerhall at Edinburgh Fringe (2019). Most recently he directed a new musical The Ruff Tuff Cream Puff Estate Agency by Sarah Woods (and Heathcote Williams) for Coventry Belgrade Theatre as part of the City of Culture 20-21. In 2017, with Andrea Zimmerman, he won the Artangel Open Award and co-directed and co-wrote a feature-length film, Here For Life, which won a Special Mention at Locarno Film Festival (2019)  He translated five books by Augusto Boal, with whom he collaborated many times, and has he taught the Theatre of the Oppressed in 30 countries across 4 continents. Current and upcoming theatre projects include a Forum Theatre project for University College London, masterclasses for Goldsmiths College and the International Community Arts Festival in Rotterdam; projects in development include Not King Lear, with Hobson Street Theatre in Auckland, a new piece dealing with Alzheimers with a renowned puppetry company and a new play by a performance poet to tour UK prisons.

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