Acclaimed Theatre Director Delivers Training to Challenge Oppression

Acclaimed Theatre Director Delivers Training to Challenge Oppression Mind the Gap studios on 14-16 March 2014.

 Tim Wheeler – founder of the UK’s largest learning disability theatre company Mind the Gap invites participants to join him in the first delivery of a Theatre of the Oppressed workshop weekend at Mind the Gap studios on 14-16 March 2014.

The training weekend coincides with the International Day of Theatre of the Oppressed and 5 years since the death of the pioneer behind the technique, Brazilian theatre maker Augusto Boal. Tim Wheeler who is a leading practitioner of Theatre of the Oppressed and one of Boal’s best-known students will share his experience of exploring anti-oppressive practice as well as his own specialism in relation to learning disability and mental health with a wide range of people of all ages and backgrounds,

 Theatre of the Oppressed is a powerful and dynamic use of theatre practiced to examine and challenge abusive behaviour, first in the rehearsal room then in real life. It has become a key approach to making theatre with people who are excluded from the mainstream of life.

 Tim has been using Theatre of the Oppressed techniques to create professional work with learning disabled actors for the past 25 years.

 Speaking about his late friend Augusto Boal and Theatre of the Oppressed, Tim Said: “For over 25 years, Augusto was a great source of inspiration and friendship, his memory lives on in our work. I’ve been inspired by the way in which he used theatre techniques as a catalyst for change and champion work that tackles difficult political and social issues. This is a great opportunity to explore these challenges in a creative and safe environment.”

 The introductory training weekend takes place over two and a half days at Mind the Gap’s beautiful Grade II listed and fully accessible building in Lister Mills, Bradford. It is aimed at professional and emerging arts practitioners as well as those working within mental health learning disabilities, young offenders and other under-represented community groups.

 In addition to touring theatre productions and site-sensitive performances, Mind the Gap specialises in hosting and delivering professional training programmes, which tackle complex issues and create positive learning experiences using theatre to adapt or change the situation.

 In 1992 it hosted a training programme in Bradford delivered by Boal and he himself talks about Tim’s involvement in his work in his book ‘Legislative Theatre’, published in 1998.  Tim has delivered Theatre of the Oppressed training in mainland Europe as well as Brazil, Canada, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, India and USA. This is the first opportunity to take part in Tim’s training at the heart of his theatre company, Mind the Gap.

 There are a few places left to join the course taking place 14-16 March, contact Rob Abbey on 01274 487390 or email



Published: 07/03/2014
Audience: Drama Specialists and all other staff
Contact: Rob Abbey

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