We not expect the audience to interact

We decided to produce our forum theatre at “El Ingenio” as the Marbella youth festival took place there. This was a great opportunity to show our play and make people reflect about the important topic that we dealt with which is fitting in. We had been rehearsing for about two weeks and now we were to show our performance. What we tried and do was show the audience a common problem which everyone has seen or dealt with. We thought that involving the audience would help them to understand more about the topic.

During our rehearsals we were not concentrating as much as we should have and we should have been more focused in our characters because this caused us to lack of confidence and to feel unprepared. We also found out at the end of the show that we did not speak with clear and loud voices, this made the audience not understand some of the things we were saying. Another thing that we should have included was a more formal script as some of us did not follow all the scenes as planned and did not say what we were meant to say, this caused others taking part in this play to be confused.

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But as we worked great as a team and supported each other in every way we could we managed to improvise and therefore cover up our mistakes. Even though we made some mistakes we did achieve our purpose and we got a lot of response of the audience which was quite surprising as we did not expect the audience to interact so much with us. One of the mistakes that I as a joker made was not involve the whole audience, as the smaller children were at the front and were the ones that put up their hands most.

What we could have done to improve this would have been by setting up a microphone which would go around the audience as I asked questions and they answered them. This would have helped me a lot in the red card scene, as I could not see very well who had red cards, and when I asked them questions I could not hear very well what they were saying. Another thing that we should have improved was putting more red cards under the seats; we should have known that not everyone would have wanted to stand up because some of them probably felt too embarrassed to do it.

Even though we did not follow Augusto Boal’s ideas completely we did make sure that the play stayed as real as possible, but we thought that if we used some stylist scenes it would keep the audience more interested as many could get distracted. But all together I think we did a good job we had very well synchronised scenes and we got a lot of feedback from the audience which we really did not expect as we thought the audience would just want to watch and not take part in it.

We were also told that the play was very interesting as we informed everyone in an entertaining but still serious way. But all of us (the actors) know that we wouldn’t have been able to do it without having them as an audience because they were very supportive and they loved being involved in the play. Personally I found that doing this play we helped people to understand more about this problem, and together with audience we found out solutions for these kind of problems, which they can use in the future if they ever find themselves in a situation like the one we showed.