Bergþórugata 20, 101, Reykjavik

Forum Theatre Workshop // Theatre of the Oppressed

8th November 2019 @ 19:00 – 21:00

An independently organized event

This event is an invitation for you all, actors and non-actors, locals and migrants, to participate in a Theatre of the Oppressed workshop on the topic of Work that takes place between the 8th and 9th of November. Perhaps you have had contact with theatre techniques before or not, perhaps you are curious and want to meet people, create new experiences or explore a question you have regarding your work; regardless, you are all welcome.

This intense training is the beginning of a journey together to explore techniques of empowerment such as Image Theatre and Forum Theatre, under the umbrella of Theatre of the Oppressed. The goal of the workshop is to engage its participants in conversations and an exploration of working conditions in Iceland, and alternative utopias.

By investigating the oppressions we face and finding ways to deal with them, we can travel through them and arrive at a place of empowerment. A young participant in a workshop in Hazelton, British Columbia (January 1991) described the process, “like going down into a dark mine. In the mine we found brilliant diamonds and brought them to the surface—but we had to go into the damp and dark to get them.” Good theatre is a search for truths; it is often hard work. The process is not complete until we take our discoveries back into reality and apply them. Let’s do this together!


Theatre of the Oppressed (TO) is a range of techniques, games and exercises, using embodied narrative to support the empowerment and liberation of individuals and their communities. The approach was developed by Augusto Boal in South America, and has since been used all over the world in the building of community, to dynamize social engagement, and to support individuals to realise their creative potential for personal and social transformation.

Forum Theatre is one of the forms of TO that uses a theatre play to confront an audience with a problem. The audience is then asked to engage with the problem by coming up on stage to propose different actions for the characters.

Theatre of the Oppressed is a rehearsal for life and the revolution.



Date and schedule: 

8th of November – 19.00 – 21.00

9th of November – 11.00 – 17.00

Participation requirement: people who are able to participate for both days will have priority.

Location: andrymi, Bergþórugata 20, 101 RKV

RSVP: please send an email before the 6th of November to to confirm your participation, or should you have any other questions.


The workshop will be held in English, but if needed, translation will be managed on the spot.


Andrými is currently not accessible to wheelchairs, and challenging to access for people who have difficulties going up steps.

There is a step before the garden gate and then 5 steps leading to the main entrance, each 17 cm high, door widths in the building vary between 50 cm (upstairs washroom door) and 80 cm (entrance door).

The washrooms are so far only on the upper floor and in the basement. The door to the meeting room is 75 cm wide (as most other doors in the building). The event takes place on the ground floor. There is no bathroom on the ground floor.

Both washrooms in the building are gender neutral. Pronoun badges are available.


This workshop is part of the documentary theatre project Working Changes, initiated by Ani Mărincean. The process of playwriting is based on interviews, workshops and gathering collective imaginaries around the subject of work. The final product aims to be a collectively-produced theatre show – participants at this workshop can join the process if they feel up to it.

Ani Mărincean (Cluj Napoca, Romania, 1989) is a cultural worker, artist, activist and theoretician, addressing subjects which stand at the intersection of art and socio-political concerns. She is interested in the collective representations of today’s society, the different approaches which come from the margins of society with a focus on critical reflection of the past and future. Across these subjects, the role of the artist in today’s society is always questioned and challenged.

Theatre that moves me most is one that speaks about our society in courageous ways. I believe that all theatre is political. All art is political. I believe in a world without oppression and I fight for it with theatre. 

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