What is Forum Theatre?

What is Forum Theatre?

Forum theatre is a fun and effective form of theatre in which an audience interacts with two or more actors performing. Forum theatre raises relevant issues in an entertaining and memorable form. The technique demonstrates the advantages of different approaches to a problem by acting them out in front of an audience. The whole process encourages them to think about the issue and input their ideas. The actors present a short play illustrating a relevant issue. The scene is played out without interruption. When the scene is then replayed, the audience is invited to stop the action at any point if they feel it is not going well. (The action can also be stopped by one of the actors) suggestions are asked for, as to how he/she might approach the situation differently. Suggestions from the audience are taken back into the performance and played out – stopping and starting the scene – to illustrate the benefits and pitfalls of the various approaches usually with great comic effect.