Boal restores theatre to its proper place as a popular form of communication and expression. He demonstrates the ways in which theatre has come to reflect ruling-class control, drawing on the theories of Aristotle and Machiavelli. He then shows the process reversed in Brechtian/Marxist poetics to the revolutionary potential of transforming the spectator into the actor. Throughout, Boal draws on his own experience in Latin America and illustrates his theory with practical examples.
Review: 'One of the most revered figures in world theatre ... the liberation theologian of theatre.' The Guardian 'Should be read by everyone in the world of theatre who has any pretensions at all to political commitment.' John Arden'So remarkable, so original and so ground-breaking that I have no hesitation in describing the book as the most important theoretical work on the theatre in modern times.' George Wellwarth
Contents: Preface to 2008 editionPreface to 2000 editionPreface to 1974 edition1. Aristotle's Coercive System of Tragedy2. Machiavelli and the Poetics of Virtu3. Hegel and Brecht: The Character as Subject or the Character as Object?4. Poetics of the Oppressed5. Development of the Arena Theater of Sao PauloAppendicesIndex