by Ali Franks, Drama Development Worker
“The personal is political, and the political is personal. Rainbow of Desires is the over-arching name given by Augusto Boal to a range of exercises, games and techniques on using the power of theatre to identify, analyse and respond to ‘internalised oppression’ and to seek understanding of its origins.”
I recently attended a Theatre of the Oppressed Rainbow of Desires Theatre and Therapy training course with Adrian Jackson of Cardboard Citizens in London.
We spent three very intense days learning and experiencing the power of Boal’s Rainbow of Desires through the fabulous experiential training of Adrian Jackson. It was an honour in itself to be amongst a group of twenty-five drama practitioners and facilitators all gathered together with a wealth of experience in different fields of applied theatre. We spent our time together sharing stories, playing, laughing and crying as we engaged in some of the many techniques of the Rainbow, which we can now go on to apply in a range of practical ways from the operation of a therapeutic group through to the rehearsal of a play. Needless to say that I am very excited about how the work will enrich our Drama for Emotional Health programme.
This was only the first part of the Rainbow of Desires course and we are all looking forward to coming together again in the future to talk about how we have used the techniques within our practice and learn even more. I can’t wait!
“Have the courage to be happy” (Augusto Boal, 1992 Election Slogan, Rio de Janeiro City Council)
“Its essential declared goal is happiness, but not happiness as a static condition, a laid back nirvana, happiness as a busyness, an aliveness, a full capacity, a firing on all cylinders.” (Adrian Jackson, Translator’s Introduction, The Rainbow of Desire)
For more information on the fantastic work of Cardboard Citizens visit their website.