Information is the source for all our decision making, and often incomplete or inaccurate information leads us to erroneous decisions. Sometimes these decisions can result in catastrophic consequences for us. In such situations, our ability to see alternative options may help us make better decisions.
The objective of this activity is to understand such situations and explore alternative solutions keeping empathy and compassion as the base for interventions.
What is Forum Theatre?
Forum theatre is a drama skit/play that depicts an issue which requests the audience to change the outcome by re-enacting the situation in order to bring out a positive result. This tool provides the opportunity for participants to try out courses of action which could be applicable in their everyday lives.
During the interventions, facilitators are required to reflect with the audience to understand the impact of each intervention. The aim is to build a discussion through each intervention point. Following are some reflection questions facilitators could ask:
Examples for Scenarios:
The neighborhood watch committee is gathered to discuss on an important matter. Mr. Fernando is a person who has been living in the neighborhood for over 10 years. He has been an active member of the community until it was found that he is HIV positive. This condition has made his community uncomfortable, and the neighborhood watch is gathered to find a way to ask him to leave or to make him leave by force.
Shyamala is identified as a person who has contracted the COVID-19 virus and she's been taken to a treatment center to prevent the virus from spreading in the area. Priyanka is her sister who is living in the same neighborhood. An incident takes place when Priyanka goes to purchase some household items from a grocery shop and she is been refused to obtain those items and humiliated in public by the grocery shop owner. There are several bystanders in the scene who opt to take no action.