After 3 successful runs, Drama Box is bringing back Breaking the Silence Forum Theatre workshop this September! Led by our Artistic Director Kok Heng Leun, who is arguably one of Singapore’s most active proponents of Forum Theatre, the workshop is made for social or community workers, arts educators, theatre practitioners, and anyone who wants to learn how to use Forum Theatre techniques in their work. Please read on for more details on the course.

Forum Theatre originated from “Theatre of the Oppressed”, established by Brazilian theatre master Augusto Boal. The most distinct feature of Forum Theatre is that it turns passive spectators to become proactive “spect-actors”, by allowing them onstage to replace actors and change the outcome of a play.

If you’ve not seen any of our Forum Theatre performances, you can watch one we did last year for IPS Prism, titled Wouldn’t It Be Nice?. There are also clips of how some of the audience members participated.



Level 1
9 – 11 September 2013

Level 2
12 – 14 September 2013

Time: 9am – 6pm daily

Goodman Arts Centre
90 Goodman Road, Singapore 439053

*Workshops are conducted in English

Attend this workshop…
…if you want to learn to analyse issues that affect you and try out different strategies to deal with them, cultivate self-reflectivity as well as develop an active outlook towards dealing with problems in life.


…to learn how you can create a dialogical and transformative experience with your clients, which stimulates interactive learning and allows your clients to become critical thinkers as well as active learners


Participants can expect the following from attending Level 1:

– Introduction to Theatre Games and Image Theatre as part of the arsenal of “Theatre of the Oppressed”
– Learning the dramaturgy of a Forum Theatre
– Devising an “anti-model”
– Experiencing a Forum Theatre Session

There are no pre-requisites for Level 1. Anyone who wants to learn about how they can use Forum Theatre in their work is welcome to attend.

Participants can expect the following from attending Level 2:

– Further exploration into Theatre Games
– Learn how to direct and rehearse a Forum Theatre presentation
– Integration of Pedagogy of the Oppressed into Forum Theatre
– Introduction to “Jokering” and “acting-facilitating”

Pre-requisites for Level 2

Participants must either have jokered/acted/directed in a Forum Theatre production or have attended Level 1

Email your name, contact information and relevant experience (for Level 2 applicants) to josephine@dramabox.org

Registration closes 26 August 2013


S$260 per level
S$480 (Level 1 + Level 2)


Early Bird Discount (registration by 15 July 2013)
S$240 per level
S$380 (Level 1 + Level 2)

Concessions (after 15 July 2013)
Students, senior citizens, members of Singapore Drama Educators Association (SDEA) and members of National Council of Social Service (NCSS)
S$250 per level
S$420 (Level 1 + Level 2)

Dial +65 6324 5434 or email josephine@dramabox.org

We welcome applicants from any part of the world. Visit www.yoursingapore.com or email josephine@dramabox.org for information on travelling to Singapore.

About Kok Heng Leun

Kok Heng Leun

One of the few effectively bilingual theatre practitioners in Singapore, Heng Leun has extensive experience in theatre, having directed close to 60 English and Mandarin productions, with numerous awards to his name. Under his helm, Drama Box has become known for its exciting theatrical works that are staged at major theatre venues and community housing estates. These works often address social issues that are relevant to Singapore society.

Heng Leun has written and directed more than 100 Forum Theatre performances, and is one of the most experienced “jokers” locally. One of his works “Trick or Threat?” has been restaged many times, and was even presented to great acclaim at the World Forum Theatre Festival 2009 in Austria.

He has attended workshops conducted by influential theatre practitioners of Theatre of the Oppressed, such as its founder Augusto Boal, and key practitioners Adrian Jackson, Barbara Santos and David Diamond.

Heng Leun also possesses a wealth of teaching experience, having done part-time lecturing at the National Institute of Education (Singapore), Singapore Polytechnic and LASALLE college of the Arts. He has also conducted numerous Drama-in-Education workshops for the Ministry of Education.

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