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Theatre of the Oppressed - Empowerment through Culture

Department 58 – International Relations
Department 58 – International Relations


Region Prague
Title of the ProgrammeCulture
Title of the ProjectTheatre of the Oppressed - Empowerment through Culture
Number of the ProjectKU-CA1-037
Project Promoter

Charles University

Project Partner from Donor State

University of Stavanger (NOR)
Rudolf Steiner University College Oslo (NOR)


Project duration (phase of the project): 04/2021 – 03/2023

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Target group: Roma population, General public, Women

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Total Eligible Costs

120 708 EUR


108 637 EUR (90 %)

Project description:

Theatre of the oppressed is a method found by the Brazilian theatre director, dramatist, and theorist Augusto Boal in 60 as a way of provoking social change by means of theatre. The methods works by means of several tools: working with people who experienced oppression in the society brings empowerment. Presenting results of their work in the form of theatre performance provokes a dialogue between those who are disadvantaged and wider audience and shads a light on societal oppression and formulates possibility for change. Divadlo Dvě na třetí, a project at the Faculty of Humanities, Charles University in Prague, works with this method more than 8 years and created more then 20 theatre performances with wide range of target groups: Roma and non-Roma population, women suffering domestic violence, Vietnamese community etc.

The project’s aim is to develop further this method in the Czech context, widen amount of its target groups, but also to raise the awareness about the methodology among the professionals in the field culture/performative arts and social work. The project will be implemented at the Faculty of Humanities, Charles University, and led by two skilled professionals in the field of theatre of the oppressed, with a background in education, research, performative arts and social work.

The project has several activities with strong synergies:

  • Qualitative strengthening of the methodology through progressive methods from the field performing arts, incl. development of the training of trainers methodology
  • Development of a new theatre play, where new methods will be applied
  • Festival of the Theatre of the Oppressed “Divufest”, organized for theatre groups both from Prague and regions
  • Research in the field and a new book, important basements for the training of trainers.

The project has 2 Norwegian partners: University of Stavanger and Rudolf Steiner University College, Oslo, whose aim is to support this methodology in Norway.