Theatre Training

Theater training workshops are normally conducted for eight days that are divided into two parts and almost 20 people are invited in each workshop.

First four days are for team building, inhibition breaking and character building while the second half of the workshop is for conceptual clarity between Cathartic Theater and Theater for Development.


During the workshops the plays are developed on different themes like enabling environment for women participation in politics; women, peasants, minorities and labor seats; Baradrism (cast system), peers (saints) and many other important issues.

Theater performance, however, is the last component of the training workshops. Objectives of these workshops are to enable the development partners to use Interactive Theatre in their communities in order to apprise the local people about their concerned issues; to enhance the development partners’ vision about the women participation in politics; to sensitize the communities about their role as voters through developmental activities and to enable the development activists to mobilize community.

Here are the activities of a workshop in chronology:

Day one

  • Introduction of Theatre of The Oppressed and Interactive Theatre
  • Introductions of the participants
  • Formation of the Focus group
  • Name of the group
  • Logo
  • Talent and skills
  • What they want to offer to the group
  • What they expect from the group
  • Expectations and concerns from the workshop
  • Making a schedule for the workshop
  • Make circles and cross
  • Complete the Image
  • Image and sound (1,2,3,4,5 etc)
  • Free walk, built the characters, eye contacts, create sounds
  • Play with an object
  • Trust Walk
Day two

  • Listing Game
  • Mirroring then group mirroring
  • Rhythm games
  • Walk and create sound
  • Rhythm Machine
  • Play in two groups and synchronize the rhythm
  • Start with a sound and then make movement
  • Slow Walk
  • Monkey Walk
  • Cat Walk
  • Bear Walk
  • Come to communicate and then go back
  • Bear and vulture games

Day three

  • Identification of a character through eyes, face, gestures, movement and then by dialogues
  • Memory games
  • Image Games
  • Create a role and start improvisation
  • Building up a story and then express it in three frames

Day four

  • Preparation for five minutes performances
  • Directing of the theatrical performance
Day five

  • Directing of the theatrical performance
  • Practicing spec-actors’ interaction and joker’s Role

Day six

  • Directing of the theatrical performance
  • Practicing spec-actors’ interaction and joker’s role
  • Preparation of test performance.

Day seven

  • Finalizing the Interactive theatre performances
  • Day eight
  • Theater performance


IRC trained groups has performed in all the provinces of Pakistan while raising the socio political, economic and human rights issues here is the details of some of the groups and their origin.


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