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Reboot 2018!

Dear friends!

2017 is nearly over, and a new year presents new opportunities for radical theatre and social change …

Reboot the Roots is growing – come join us at the following locations in our Spring tour.

And with many thanks and much solidarity to all those who have participated in 2017.

Brecht Lives!


13/14 January … Queer/Class … BRISTOL

3/4 February … Introduction to Theatre of the Oppressed … LEEDS

24/25 February … Theatre of the Oppressed: Roots … MANCHESTER

18-25 March … Theatre of the Oppressed Training Week … ULEX, CATALUYNA

Sponsored places available – get in touch!

And watch this space for coming soon …

QUEER & CLASS workshops in London …

… Rainbow of Desire in Totnes …

… a week-long Theatre of the Oppressed training week in the UK …

And the epic Reboot the Roots Annual General Meeting

Theatre Workshops

Theatre Workshops

Word Sound Have Power, 2016 March, London

Our first London meet-up for a day of co-creation and visioning for our future activities across the UK and Europe.

Bringing together members of the Beeva Block from COP21 in Paris and other facilitators to explore 3 techniques for social change through the arts. PLUS FOOD!

The objective is to connect and inspire a group of facilitators and artists from diverse backgrounds, using three different media for exploration. Basically, we will play games, write and mess around with masks, but within a context of social and personal engagement! It’s an intro to larger projects we do overseas all the time, but for the first time in London!

1) THEATRE OF THE OPPRESSED … a session of theatrical techniques from Augusto Boal’s Theatre of the Oppressed designed to incite, inspire and invigorate. Through understanding our past, we can act now to create the future we desire. With Gyorgy Furiosa

2) POETRY … a session on using writing and our voice, with spoken word facilitator Catherine Brogan

3) MASK WORK … A session on exploring masks , movement and deep ecology . Re-connect, unravell and liberate ! With Lex Titterington, Movement artist and Permaculture Gardener, from Viva La Beeva

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Focus Atelier, March 2016, Cluj, Romania


Forum theatre, discussions and workshops around the themes of theatre of the oppressed, invisible theatre, gender mainstream, gender equality, women, activism and situations of women violence/discrimination at the arts festival Focus Atelier.


I had no idea I would be so deeply touched by this ‘apparently random workshop’. I appreciated your way of communicating with different types of personalities. I felt free to explore concepts and ideologies I’ve never thought about. Also the quality of people involved was very high, so I am grateful to have learned something from everybody”

– Workshop Participant

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Rainbow of Desire, 2016 February, Budapest

rainbow of desire

George Wielgus will be returning to Budapest to present a 3-day workshop on RAINBOW OF DESIRE …

Rainbow of Desire is a technique and also a family of techniques explained by Boal in his book of the same name. Rainbow techniques stem from Image theatre and tend to focus on forms of internalized oppression played out by a protagonist in relation to an antagonist. While in his earlier work Boal eschewed the use of Theatre of the Oppressed as “drama therapy“, he later began to espouse these more introspective techniques as a form of “theatre and therapy.”

Contact us now for information on how to join!

Response To Immigration, November 2015, Budapest



Three RtR facilitators with experience of social exclusion (George Wielgus, Iulia benze and Kurt Murray) attended Nem Privat Szinhaz in Budapest, Hungary to deliver a programme of workshops demonstrating the potential of the creative arts as a tool for social and personal transformation. These workshops culminated in a final product presented a series of Responses to Immigration by participants of the workshop and developed as a practical application during the process. The work was aimed at addressing the current climate of refugees crossing Hungary and was free for the public to attend.

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Theatre of the Oppressed Training, 2015 October, Ecodharma

Reboot the Roots was delighted to be asked by EcoDharma to deliver a high quality, intensive learning experience of Theatre of the Oppressed for participants interested in using the techniques for social and personal transformation. Creative Director George Wielgus delivered a week of intensive workshops in the hills of Catalyuna.

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Theatre of The Oppressed @ Focus Atelier, Cluj and Podul Festival, 2015 March, Bucharest

Focus Atelier


Three RtR facilitators (George Wielgus, Iulia Benze and Kurt Murray) attended the Focus Atelier festival in Cluj and the PODUL Festival in Bucharest. They used these festivals as a showcase to deliver a programme of workshops demonstrating the potential of the creative arts as a tool for social and personal transformation. These three artists were also given the opportunity to showcase their own work and its value in this context of transformation.

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A Threshold Moment – from Ruth in Budapest

A Threshold Moment – from Ruth in Budapest

A threshold moment.

After a feisty 2 weeks in Budapest last November Reboot the Roots were invited back to explore Augusto Boal’s transformative techniques with The Alternative Workshop Series Budapest. Last week, late February 2016, George Wielgus and myself facilitated the group for 3 days focusing on Rainbow of Desire.

This was the first time I had co-facilitated with Reboot the Roots and even though George and I had had detailed conversations about the form and content, I arrived on the first day nervous and expectant. What I found was a keen, smiling, (and late) group of social workers, teachers, people working with refugees, in human rights NGOs and drama students.

My role was to facilitate the mornings, preparing the group physically, emotionally and mentally for the afternoons and cultivating a culture of care within the space. Not everyone knew each other or the techniques, and I had concerns that newcomers might be overwhelmed. However the group bonded with ease and we reached a better-than-planned threshold moment by day three.

In the mornings we played trust games in pairs and in groups. We tried out how it feels to make physical connections, to touch and be touched, lift and be lifted. We played many power games some I’d devised to work alongside Rainbow of Desire, so I’m looking forward to trying them again when I facilitate with George in May.

In the afternoons George lead us through Rainbow of Desire including Analytical Mirror and Cop in the Head, all forms of Theatre of the Oppressed that focus on oppressions we experience from within. Augusto Boal, developed these technique in response to his time in Europe when he found the oppressions many people faced were internal more than external (different, he writes, to in the South American cultures with which he originally designed Forum Theatre.)

To give a surface overview George would ask a protagonist to perform an unfulfilled desire in front of the group. Then following a specific structure and involving other participants, the situation was explored from many angles. By the end the whole group is acting / (spect)acting resulting often in the protagonist reimagining their situation.

George is great at holding everyone’s attention, keeping sight of the structure while allowing spontaneity space to play. This for me was where the magic began. When the protagonists, antagonists and spectactors were moved to get involved, when without instruction people intuitively knew what to do, how they wanted to move, speak and relate to others in the space. In these moments there was a tangible sense of flow.

Sometimes however I felt the lines were not so clear. For example deciding when to step in and when to step out of commanding the space, balancing the linear versus nonlinear aspect of the technique, knowing where duty of care ends and self responsibility begins, and when the structure of the technique can be adapted and when its order needs to be kept… All this perhaps comes down to being present listening and intuitive. I’ve become interested in tracking what shifts the energy or mood. Noticing what actions and comments instigate change or reveal another layer of understanding and learning how we can use this to change the dynamics of a situation.
The threshold moment came on Sunday as a result of some well structured pedagogy and a fantastically open group. In the morning we went quite deep into personal boundaries by practicing saying no / stop to physical touch before it became too much. In the feedback people expressed appreciation for the clarity this gave them in how they asserted their boundaries in real life settings. People reflected on how hard it was to say stop because they didn’t want to be seen as weak, others were surprised by how much weight and pressure their partner enjoyed. There was a conversation about how the memory of this simple exercise would be helpful in real life in moments of physical, mental or emotional abuse of power. This series of exercises can be very triggering so it was beautiful to see a sense of respect and quiet collective appreciation. This vulnerable and honest state made the perfect foundation for an afternoon of the intense but palpably transformative Cop in the Head technique. What a workshop!!!!

And so to the future… After telling participants about my work with Eroles Project a learning centre in Spain, which this year explores the theme of Borders, many are keen on participating in the programme. What’s more two of the participants happened to work with Utilapu a Hungarian organisation working with refugees and migrants in Budapest and we are now in conversations about forming a partnership.

As I travel back to Madrid exhausted and enlivened, I am in the midst of designing a training using techniques from Theatre of the Oppressed. I’d like to zoom into boundaries and personal experiences of power to explore the universal imbalance of power. I am hoping to offer this to women’s groups and organisations in Madrid working with refugees. My experience in Budapest with Reboot the Roots has given me the confidence to focus on what I can do, not what I can’t. There is no reason for my life to be controlled by the Cops in my Head.