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Theatre of the Oppressed

Out of several different tools of communication that can engage the communities in an interactive discussion ‘the Theatre of the Oppressed, also known as ‘Forum Theatre, is one of the most engaging approaches. In this process, the actors or audience members could stop a performance, often at a short scene in which a character is being oppressed in some way. The audience would suggest different actions for the actors to carry out on-stage in an attempt to change the outcome of what they are seeing. This method is an attempt to undo the traditional actor-audience partition and bring audience members into the performance, allowing a constructive way of finding solutions to a problem in front of them.

Shilpee Theatre Group, has actively taken part in the political and social movements of the country by practicing ‘Forum Theatre’. We have used theatre as a tool of expression for the cause of the marginalized and the oppressed, by performing the role of a facilitator in their struggle. Forum theatre can be used as ‘open spaces’ to raise the voice for the oppressed.

Successful Stories of Shilpee Theatre Group’s Forum Theatre practice:

  • Forum theatre has supported in raising the voices of landless people in Bardiya and Kamlari girls in Dang. Communities of these regions had used this method to make their agendas visible and bring the discussion in a mainstream.
  • The organization facilitated the Dalit Community to raise their voices (case of entering the DIDHDESHWOR Temple) in Dati using Forum theatre. It helped the Dalit community to make their voice more noticeable. 
  • Shilpee Theatre Group has collected views and agendas from the public using this method and have submitted them to the Constitution Assembly. The organization also used this method in publication houses like in Kantipur Publication, Himalaya Times Daily, and in a garment factory in old Baneshwor to solve their organizational problems.
  • Using Forum theatre in Sunakothi on the issue of a sanitation problem, Shilpee Theatre Group facilitated the youth of Sunakothi to work on this problem. As a result, they decided to clean the town every Saturday.

Forum Theatre List


Madesh Terai

This forum theatre play addressed the issues of regional conflict in Nepal. The play was performed in that time when the ‘Madesh Andolan’ (Madeshi Movement) was taking its momentum.

Script : Improvisation

Director: Ghimire Yubaraj

Performance Location: Various places of Terai Plains From Rajbiraj to Nepalgunj

Date : 2064-8-21 onwards

Artists: Rajan Khatiwada, Ghimire Yubaraj, Sitamaiya Shrestha, Srijan Shrestha, Mahes Shrestha, Ganga Prasad Tiwari, Ram Narayan Thakur, Rabindra Jha, Priyanka Jha, Sundari Kewat, Rabindra Thakur, Ram Jeevan Yadav, Shrijana Shrestha

 


Adhyaro Biruddha

The play ‘Adharyo Biruddha’ is related to the issues of federalism and constitution in New Nepal.

Script : Improvisation

Director: Rajan Khatiwada

Performance Location: Kathmandu, Narayanghad, Hetauda, Chandra nigahapur etc

Date: 2065-2066

Artists: Loonibha Tuladhar, Ghimire Yubaraj, Jeevan Baral, Renuka Karki, Ganga Prasad Tiwari, Durga Baraili, Rajan Khatiwada, Surya Chudali, Gopal Aryal, Sabina Badal


 Naari

 Nari play is focused on various type of violence faced by women in their day to day life.

Naari Part 1

Script : Improvisation

Director: Ghimire Yubaraj

Performance Location: Patan, Basantapur and 21 districts of Terai, 60 performances

Date: 2068-12-8 to 2069-1-1

Artists: Kamalmani Nepal, Rabindra Jha, Sarita Shah, Manju Giri, Amrita Thapaliya, Chandra Pandey, Manoj Patel, Chanda Chaudhari, Renuka Karki, Siwani Chaudhari, Anju Deuja, Durga Baraili, Jeevan Baral, Sudam Chatkuli, Govinda Parajuli

Naari Part 2

Date: 2069-8-17 to 2069-8-20

Performance Location: Rautahat, Sarlahi, Dhanusa, Mahottari, Siraha, Saptari, 10 performances

Naari Part 3

Date: 2069-12-1

Performance Location: Dhulikhel, 1 performance

Naari Part 4

Performance Location: Kavre, Makwanpur, Sarlahi, Mahottari, Dhanusha, Inaruwa, Ilam, Dharan, Panchthar, 40 performances

Date: 2070-4-22 to 2070-5-6

Naari Part 5

Performance Location: Gothale Natakghar

Date: 2070-9-13

Naari Part 6

Performance Location: PSI Office Sanepa

Date: 2070-9-26


Biltu Birami Chha

This Play revolves around the issues related to the constitution assembly. 

Biltu Birami Chha Part 1

Script : Improvisation

Director: Ghimire Yubaraj

Performance Location: Martin Chautari, Jhapa, Biratnagar, Dang, Janakpur, Hotel Park Village

Date: 2069-5-1 to 2069-5-10

Artists: Govinda Parajuli, Bipin Karki, Kamal mani Nepal, Jeevan Baral, Bholaraj Sapkota, Loonibha Tuladhar, Ram Babu Regmi, Aruna Karki, Rabindra Jha, Ruru Pokhrel, Ghanasyam Joshi, Pramila Katuwal

 

Biltu Birami Chha Part 2

Date: 2069-8-11 to 2069-8-13

Performance Location: Martin Chautari, Basantapur, Patan Durbar Square

 


Dahitan Dheki

A play is about the culture and its negative side effects on womenfolk of the Tharu community of western Terai.

Dahitan Dheki Part 1

Director: Ghimire Yubaraj

Script: Outcome from workshop organized by Shilpee

Performance Location: Kirtipur Auditorium, Kapilvastu, Baanke, Bardiya, Kailali, Kanchanpur, Dang, Tanahu, 40 performances

Date: 2070-2-5 in Kirtipur and 2070-2-7 to 2070-2-18

Artists: Sanjita Rijal, Siwani Chaudhari, Chanda Chaudhari, Paru Tharu, Deepak Singh, Niraj Chaudhari, Pravesh Chaudhari, Ramesh Kumar Chaudhari, Raju Pandey, Rituraj Gupta

 

Dahitan Dheki Part 2

Date: 2070-5-18 to 2070-5-19

Total performance: 4


K Lagyo Halkale

K Lagyo Halkale Part 1

Script: Improvisation

Director: Ghimire Yubaraj

Performance Location: Surkhet, Dailekh, Salyan, Rolpa, Piuthan, Rukum, Jajarkot, 28 performances

Artists: Prakriti Karki, Sarita Shah, Jeevan Baral, Chanda Chaudhari, Badal Bhatta, Tanka Tiger, Roshan Meheta, Pravash Ghimire, Kiran Chamling, Hemanta AD

K Lagyo Halkale Part 2

Performance Location: 12 locations in Baitadi, Dadeldhura, Doti, Acham

Date: 2070-8-21 to 2070-8-28

K Lagyo Halkale Part 3

Performance Location: Basantapur Dabali

Date: 2070-8-25


Kacho Mato  

A play is about the problems and confusion of the Nepalese youths.

Kacho Mato Part 2

Director: Loonibha Tuladhar

Performance Location: 3 Locations in Baanke, Kailali, Parsa

Date: 2070-7-9 to 2070-7-14

Artists: Manoj Tamang, Sabharanta Thapa, Kala Sangraula, Kusu Pokhrel, Sabina Badal, Nabin Chauhan, Manju Giri, Chhoti Sherpa, Manish Gandarva

 

Kacho Mato Part 2

Performance Location: Gyaneshwor

Date: 2070-8-6


Kursi Khali Chha

The play raises three major problems faced by locals due to lack of locally elected bodies. First, land encroachment by land mafias in the name of plotting the cultivating land ignoring the environmental hazard, secondly, tedious protocols local have to face in minor issues like issuing citizenship cards, registration of birth or death, building schools and infrastructure, etc. And thirdly, the hassles people face due to frequent changes in the local leaders who do not understand the local problems as s/he is appointed by the central government.

Performance Location: Gothale Natakghar, Basantapur Dabali, New Road, Bhrikuti Mandap, Jorpati, Gausala, Mitrapark and various places

Date:

Artists: Chandra Prasad Pandey, Ganga Prasad Tiwari, Jeevan Baral, Roshan Meheta, Badal Bhatta, Prakriti Karki, Sarita Shah, Sonam Lama, Manoj Tamang


Tripal

The play is about post earthquake scenario of Nepal. Play is about various problems faced by earthquake survivors. 

Script: Improvisation

Director: Ganga Tiwari

Performance Location: Kavre, Sindupalchowk, Lalitpur, Dolakha, Ramechhap, Dhading, Nuwakot and Rasuwa.

Date: 14.06.2072 to 29.06.2072

Artists: Shanti Waiba, Santosh Tamang, Sarita Shah, Sonam Pakhrin, Sabin Kattel, Nima Lama, Sharmila Lama, Pravash Ghimire, Samrant Thapa, Abisan Tamang.