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Theatre of protest: the magnifying effects of theatre in direct action

Ricketts, Aidan (2006) Theatre of protest: the magnifying effects of theatre in direct action. Journal of Australian Studies, 30 (89). pp. 75-87. ISSN 1444-3058

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The first act of imagination required of any social change activist is the vision of a better world. The next challenge is to imagine ways to convey this vision to others. In its broadest sense, political theatre is the act of conveying this imagined better world to the everyday onlooker. Understood in this way, theatre is not just a technique that ‘may’ be used in protests but is indispensable. Theatre in protest can range from spontaneous street theatre through to entirely serious (even unlawful) acts of defiance embellished by the use of subtle psychological tools intended to manipulate meaning. This understanding of theatre is deliberately broad and it is intended to encapsulate a whole range of psychological devices associated with protest that can be intricately woven into the fabric of the experience. Devices such as imagination, ritual, ceremony, romance and symbolism, when combined with bold physical acts of protest, disobedience and defiance produce a powerful medium for asserting dissent.

Item Type: Journal Article
Subjects: K Law > K Law (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Arts, Law and Education (FALE) > School of Law
Depositing User: Ms Neha Harakh
Date Deposited: 07 Dec 2006 19:32
Last Modified: 17 Jul 2012 09:15

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