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Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Pandorama 


Boal
I was talking to Richard about the Kris Gutierrez paper in RRQ that describes teatro do oprimido (Boal’s theatre of the oppressed). He made a connection with Tressell’s fictional account of the pandorama in The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists. Of course, the workers' cinema that Bert White’s Pandorama envisaged is a fictional account, but I suppose new media could provide a platform for popular mobilisation. Here’s a description from the book: The `Pandorama' consisted of a stage-front made of painted cardboardand fixed on the front of a wooden box about three feet long by two feet six inches high, and about one foot deep from back to front. The`Show' was a lot of pictures cut out of illustrated weekly papers and pasted together, end to end, so as to form a long strip or ribbon. The show itself, illustrated exploitation, unemployment and police violence. More reflections on this topic can be found over on Blogtrax.

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