Combatants For Peace Rhetorical Analysis

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Born on March 16th 1931, Brazilian director, writer and politician Augusto Boal was the founder of “Theatre of the Oppressed.” Boal strongly believed that each human is a theatre within themselves, each person is an actor, and also a spectator. Through watching our own course of actions, we are able to amend them to have a different impact and a change to the world we live in. Theatre of the Opressed is for, by and about the people, and Boal wanted the audience (spect-actors) to analyse the struggles, problems and oppression “Theatre of The Oppressed” had presented to them.

When Theatre of the Oppressed first began in 1971, its primary objective was to deal with Brazil’s local problems and very soon it was used all over the country. Theatre
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Combatants for Peace have produced performances through Theatre of the Oppressed with Combatants for Peace members as the actors to help the audience reach understandings of Israel’s Occupation over Palestine through theatre, a completely non violent method of understanding. The audience comprises of both Israeli and Palestinian citizens which are shown a series of oppressive events of the members of Combatants for Peace's own experiences, which the audience are able to relate to. After viewing the performance, the audience are invited to replace the actors and the discussion is held over what would be done to change the situation and the outcome of it. The key aspect in Combatants for Peace using Theatre of the Oppressed is that both the Israeli and Palestinian audience members are in complete unity and partnership while the theatre presents non-violent resistance to them. In this performance, they are not just observers, but spect-actors, actively participating, producing ideas which can empower and transform the participants, viewing each situation from the opposing sides

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