Forum theatre: The style of the model

The style of the model The most important thing is that forum theatre should be good theatre. The model in itself should offer a so...



The style of the model

The most important thing is that forum theatre should be good theatre. The model in itself should offer a source of aesthetic pleasure. Concrete problems support models which tend towards selective realism. But it’s not mandatory to follow the same model always. It’s preferable that a model be developed through various Image theatre processes, especially the sequence of techniques which lead to construction of a ‘ritual’ which helps in concretizing the subject been treated.
It is possible in many cases that a ritual may lack theatrical elements, in such a case other Image theatre techniques can be used to generate images which may be symbolic or surreal.

There are three types of ritual which can be chosen depending on the content:
1.   Realistic ritual
Has possible theatrical elements which can help visualize relationships between the characters.
2.   Extrapolated ritual
Scene: To show government inspection of teachers
Theatrical elements: Poor
Instead of showing two people seated side by side, a ritual of confession was used as a ritual
3.   Metaphoric ritual
Scene: To show the act of teachers giving marks
This scene was staged in a symbolic fashion by using a pyramid structure where headmaster stood at the highest point and then the math teacher came in and other teachers were at the bottom of a pyramid.

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