Artists for Civic Action: Using drama & theatre to advocate for social justice and influence public policy

Smock Alley Theatre Main Space

Monday 2nd December 2013 2PM-5.15PM

Augusto Boal, the Brazilian Theatre Practitioner and founder of Theatre of the Oppressed said “theatre is a weapon and it is people who should wield it”. In this event artists come together with social justice advocate organisations to explore the following:

1. Can Drama and Theatre make the world a better place and promote social justice for all?

2. How can drama and theatre be used as a ‘weapon’ to advocate for social justice in Ireland and influence public policy?

3. What role can ‘theatre of the Oppressed’ and techniques such as ‘legislative theatre’ play in Ireland to advocate for social justice and equality?

Time Activity

2.00 Introduction

2.05 Speaker: Anna Visser, Director of the Advocacy Initative

2.20 Speaker: Mary Moynihan, Smashing Times Theatre Company

2.35 Mini Workshop Demonstration by Idan Meir

3.45 Break

4.00 Speaker: Idan Meir, Combatants for Peace

4.15 Speaker: Chrissie Poulter, Trinity College Dublin

4.25 Open forum discussion, Audience Q & A

5.15 Close

For more information, please contact Smock Alley Theatre on 01 6770014