Theatre of the Oppressed was born in 1971, in Brazil, with the specific goal of dealing with local problems.
In Europe, TO expanded and the Rainbow of Desire came into being – first to understand psychological problems, later even to create characters in any play.TO was used by peasants and workers; later, by teachers and students; now, also by artists, social workers, psychotherapists, NGOs… At first, in small, almost clandestine places. Now in the streets, schools, churches, trade-unions, regular theatres, prisons…
Theatre is a Language and so it can be used to speak about all human concerns, not to be limited to theatre itself.
“Actores somos todos nosotros. Ciudadano no es aquel que vive en sociedad, es aquel que la transforma”.                                     -Augusto Boal
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