This week we are looking at Invisible theatre. “Invisible Theatre is a type of theatre developed and used by Augusto Boal. Boal created three major types of theatre that fit under the umbrella term “Theatre of the Oppressed.” And central to that idea is audience involvement. In Invisible theatre, actors stage an event that could happen in real life that touches on issues that are particularly controversial in a particular region or city, and they plan out a scene to perform to an audience who does not realize they are an audience.
What it means:
“Invisible theatre is theatre that seeks never to be recognized as theatre, performed in a public place. The goal is to make the intervention as realistic as possible so that it provokes spontaneous responses. The scene must be loud enough to be heard and noticed by people, but not so loud or conspicuous that it appears staged..”
Why do it invisible theatre:
“To raise issues and to get the public talking about an issue: it provides a platform for different views to be expressed.”