1st Edition

Hamlet and the Baker's Son My Life in Theatre and Politics

By Augusto Boal Copyright 2001
    382 Pages
    by Routledge

    384 Pages
    by Routledge

    Hamlet and the Baker's Son is the autobiography of Augusto Boal, inventor of the internationally renowned Forum Theatre system, and 'Theatre of the Oppressed' and author of Games for Actors and Non-Actors and Legislative Theatre. Continuing to travel the world giving workshops and inspiration to teachers, prisoners, actors and care-workers, Augusto Boal is a visionary as well as a product of his times - the Brazil of military dictatorship and artistic and social repression and was once imprisoned for his subversive activities.
    From his early days in Brazil's political theatre movement to his recent experiments with theatre as a democratic political process, Boal's story is a moving and memorable one. He has devised a unique way of using the stage to empower the disempowered, and taken his methods everywhere from the favelas of Rio to the rehearsal studios of the Royal Shakespeare Company.

    The translators, Preface: a woman In the mirror, Introduction, The landscape, the family, A long time ago, I was a boy, In the arena of Arena, War declared, inside and outside of me, Exile, banishment, palm trees, birdsong, The impossible return and the strangeness of the familiar, Notes, List of illustrations


    Augusto Boal

    'This readable autobiography ... is an interesting story of an extraordinary life and will no doubt inspire practitioners and students of theatre.' - Research in Drama Education