Sunday, April 18, 2021

Student’s expression through forum theatre and drama play in Skopje

On 26 November 2013 the Cultural Information Center (KIC) gathered students from different schools at the forum theatre and the presentation of the final product that was created by a group of students from ASUC Boro Petrusevski secondary school from Skopje. Many students present were introduced with the Augusto Boal’s techniques for expressing their views, feelings, stereotypes and solutions to the concrete dilemmas presented by the group. The particular situation that was given – the idea of going together (Macedonian and Albanian school) to an excursion and oppressed by one student who didn’t believe that was a good idea – was a subject to analyze with the public, where different solutions and ideas were given and came out. The format and techniques used during the Forum Theatre have no barriers between the theatre scene and audience so some of the students replaced the starting actors in order to present their better solutions, which the public found overwhelming.

The presentation of the 12 creative workshops was delivered in a form of theater play in which a love story was presented between a young girl and a boy from different ethnic backgrounds and the problems they faced. During the workshops a lot of personal beliefs, stereotypes and prejudices were opened and discussed. The presentation was hosted and moderated by our famous actors Keti Doncevska Ilik and Goran Ilik, whereas the director of the school Sonja Ristovska gave her remarks about the process. Over 50 people attended the presentation, which followed by awarding certificates to all the students and teachers involved in the process.