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Forum Theatre Training

On the 5th October 2016 The Lawnmowers taught the 2nd year Northumbria University Drama and Performance students about Forum Theatre. We discussed with the students the power of Forum Theatre, how accessible we find it as a tool and how good it is at looking at complex and hard to talk about issues. We also discussed what settings we use this style of theatre in.

We were informing the 2nd year module ‘facilitation and engagement’ where the students would experience 4 organisations/individuals coming in to share their practice within the arts scene.

As part of our 2 hour lecture we showed forum, explained the roles of oppressed, oppressor and the joker. We then got the students to try and make their own forum scene to then joker.

One student commented:

“Thank you it was brilliant we have learnt about forum theatre but being a part of it was a very different experience.

Another students said:

 “Great session! Great to see such inclusive theatre! Don’t get it often.”

Later when we came back to Lawnmowers HQ we commented on the day and how we found being teachers of our practice.

One of our Lawnmowers actors said

“I felt proud, proud that we were asked back to do this work again. We can build on it and do it each year. I am proud to be training lots of different students not just nursing students but drama students on our practice. They see Lawnmowers as a good practice to learn from”

It was a great exercise for Lawnmowers as we not only had to act and joker the forum but had to think about why we use forum whilst demonstrating the technique…a new way of delivering our practice.

Thanks Northumbria University for the opportunity! 

If you would like to find out more about Forum Theatre or book The Lawnmowers Outreach Team for a workshop email us at

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