In my review of The Routledge Companion to Theatre of the Oppressed by Boal, J., Howe, K., and Soerio, J., eds. (London and New York: Routledge, 2019), I compare the book’s call for Theatre of the Oppressed to embrace a nuanced investigation of social problems with its response: the international movements detailed in its chapters. While demonstrating that the first-hand accounts provide a measured answer to contradictions inherent in a system which Augusto Boal developed in response to a specific political climate, I emphasize the beauty of theory and practice sitting side by side, in paradox, and encourage scholar and practitioner alike to revel in the multiplication and trajectory of the thirteen years marked since the last Companion. The Routledge Companion is an intensely personal, rigorous investigation of the history and complex dimensions of a changing system born of struggle and Boal’s deep concern for people; above all, as my review suggests, the book is a worthy reminder of the dialogue that must stay center stage during this rehearsal for the revolution.
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"Book Review of The Routledge Companion to Theatre of the Oppressed,"
Pedagogy and Theatre of the Oppressed Journal: Vol. 6, Article 11.
Available at: https://scholarworks.uni.edu/ptoj/vol6/iss1/11