Legislative Theatre

Legislative Theatre is an extension of Augusto Boal's Forum Theatre techniques and functions to determine the need for, create, and enact laws. Beyond community building and issue awareness. Legislative Theatre uses theatrical techniques to create concrete and specific socio-political impact.

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When Augusto Boal was a Vereador (city councilman) in Rio de Janeiro, he created a new form of theatre called "legislative theatre" to give his voters the opportunity to voice their opinions.

When Augusto Boal was a Vereador (city councilman) in Rio de Janeiro, he created a new form of theatre called "legislative theatre" to give his voters the opportunity to voice their opinions.

The objective is to open up a dialogue between citizens and institutional entities so that there is a flow of power between both groups.

Augusto Boal calls this type of legislative process a "transitive democracy," which lies in between direct democracy (practiced in ancient Greece) and delegate democracy.

It is similar to forum theatre; however, the subject of the production is based on a proposed law to be passed. Spect-actors may take the stage and express their opinions, thereby helping with the creation of new laws.

Some 13 laws were created through legislative theatre during Boal's time in government. The technique has since been used overseas in countries including Canada and the United Kingdom.