After protests and rallies, Tibetans are now taking to theatre to express their "frustration" with China, taking inspiration from the concept of Augusto Boal's 'Theatre of the Oppressed', an interactive form of performance which involves audience participation.
"We do not have to shout our lungs all the time, we can act and demonstrate our pain and give voice to our frustration through drama. Sometimes, we can just come out into the streets and laugh at China's paranoia and fear of a Buddhist monk," Tibetan activist Tenzin Tsundue said.
'Friends of Tibet' is organising a five-day workshop from Monday at Garoh, seven kilometres from Dharamshala in Himachal Pradesh to realise this dream and two prominent theatre activists, Jaya Aiyer and Ishtiaq will lend their support in the endeavour.
The workshop, which would also train some Indian youngsters, would focus on voice modulation, body language, sense of space and a whole gamut of theatre languages and mechanics.
"This would be for the first time the 'Theatre of the Oppressed' would come to Dharamshala. We plan to form a core group of actors who would travel around various parts of the country to convey our situation," Tsundue told PTI.
Tsundue said they chose 'Theatre of the Oppressed' as it is an interactive mechanism in which there is audience participation.
"The actors are not the only ones who perform. There is a continuous dialogue with the audience in the course of the play. So nobody remains a passive watcher," he said.
Besides, this method does not even require a proper stage and infrastructure requisite for the theatrical performances. "It can be performed on a street, in a bus and wherever some people are gathered," he said.