URGENT OR NOT? - SIMPLE OR COMPLEX?

A problem need not be simple or complex , a problem need not be very urgent.  In forum theater when putting in one's feelings and em...

A problem need not be simple or complex , a problem need not be very urgent. 
In forum theater when putting in one's feelings and emotions into play or act has to be Clear, Concrete and Precise. Here in this chapter the author talks about his personal interaction with one of his own pupil who wanted to put up a Forum Theater scene based on her own situation. She was raised in a broken family and was living with her friends at the moment, she tried to find the love and care which she did not get from her parents among her friends, but could not. She always ended up being in complicated situations, she always wanted to do everything that could not be done together, and in the end ended up not performing.
 Later the author proposed this piece to another group of students and here he found that :-

  • Since the pupil did not throw a clear enough light on her problems and oppression, the Forum did not go very far.
  • When one has a problem which is Clear, Urgent and Concrete, logically the debate should lead to solutions that are Clear, Urgent and Concrete .
  • An Unclear and Woolly problem will end up with solutions that are Unclear and Woolly. 
The one lesson learnt from this chapter is that it does not matter whether the problem is Simple or Complex, the performance will still go on but the Forum to be a success depends upon the Clarity of the performer/concept. 





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  1. You need to ask a clear a question to get a clear answer, but that doesn't mean that murky questions aren't worth asking. I'm interested in asking difficult and even complex questions with sharp clarity. Once the spectactors have warmed up on a clear anti-model, I've seen Forum shows proceed to deal with more complex issues with nuance and ambiguity. I think oversimplified Forum Theatre can be much like the propaganda theatre that Boal denounces.

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