Invisible Theatre

Oct 5th, 2015

  • We did a provocation for G3s to lighten their interest spark of a new unit ‘ Peace and Conflicts ‘
  • We were introduced to invisible theatre.

Reflection  (I felt)

  • I felt hyper in real; my body temperature increased.
  • I controlled my breath to indicate my anger.
  • I myself had breaks of silence because..
    • to non-verbally show my anger
    • to give myself a break to straighten my thought
    • to conceal that I was baffled.

What complexity I can add?

Feedback/Comments (Commenter) Improvement/Ways to grow the performance
Jenny trying to provide back ground info. to the audience helped understanding (Tina)
Breaks of silence added naturality to the performance (ms Mor) performer needs to know why they so upset to speak
felt it being real; suspension of disbelief worked (Sunhee)
like Tina’s role, not knowing what to do (ms. Mor)
The conflict level remained at the same level but didn’t peak. (Mrs.Mor, Tina) I needed more shouting, physical fight (pushing, shoving)

Irene could have poksed Jenny in a nasty way

Small voice, mumbling (Chris) Louder, Clearer voice
Jenny occasionally showing her back when doing a angry gesture Shouting, Face the audience!
Irene was blocked by the staircase

/audience was to far away from the stairs (Irene)

Irene(or I) could have gone downstairs to meet the audience to increase the argument
open half of eye and ear to know how people will steer the show
Hard to keep things progressing in a natural way (Jenny) repeat 3 or 4 sentences
Lots of miscommunication between actors (dayoung) More rehearsals
The improv flew smoothly overall (Ms.Mor)
Pet peeve: one teacher was a taking a video of us and students were staring at him. This broke suspension of belief. (Roh)
One of the audience said “ I have to go to the library, but I can’t go because they are blocking us”

Invisible theatre

– invented by Brazilian artist AUGESTO BOAL
“Invisible theater is theater that seeks never to be recognized as theater, performed in a public place. The goal is to make the intervention as realistic as possible so that it provokes spontaneous responses. The scene must be loud enough to be heard and noticed by people, but not so loud or conspicuous that it appears staged. Bystanders can and will engage with the scene as if it were real life, because for them it is real life. Invisible theater can thus achieve things that most other theater cannot, removing barriers between performer and spectator and creating very accessible conflictual situations in which people can rethink their assumptions and engage with sensitive issues they might otherwise avoid.” (Tracey Mitchell)
  • A significant amount of preparation and rehearsal.
  • The form requires actors to remain in character even when the action goes in unexpected and challenging directions.
There is never “a reveal.”
People who encounter an invisible theater performance should experience it as reality and forever after think it was real.


  • Theater of the Oppressed provides tools for people to explore collective struggles, analyze their history and present circumstances, and then experiment with inventing a new future together through theater.
  • It promotes Justice and Equality.


What Would You Do?

If you see a person insulting an interracial couple

If you see a woman insulting an Asian person

My Thought (I think, I wonder)

  • In my opinion, Invisible theatre is a lie designed to reveal the reality; it serves as a vehicle for raising awareness of the issues that the marginalized suffers.
  • Our invisible theatre for G3 was enough to spark their interest in their new unit.
  • Why is it not popular in Korea?
  • Should actors remain in characters and never reveal the truth even if the audience responds in a “violent” way?
  • What kind of trainings is required to prepare for the actual show? Are there trainings designed specifically for invisible theatre performers?


Invisible theater


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