Creative debate techniques

Use the power of art to enable social change

 FREE online training

“Empathy is the most powerful weapon”
Augusto Boal

Our theatres may be closed, and our audiences may need to stay home, but as artists and practitioners we can use this time to develop and grow.

Join us for this free online workshop and keep your skills and your motivation strong to be ready to get back on the game. When this is all over, artists will need more than ever to amplify individual’s voices, create meaningful exchange, and empower the most vulnerable in our communities.

PM Dates: 15,22,29 April (Wednesday)   FULL – please get in touch to join the reserve list 
Time: 15 April: 18.00 – 19.30; 22 and 29 April: 18.00 -19.00

AM Dates: 16,23,30 April (Thursday)      FULL – please get in touch to join the reserve list 
Time: 16 April: 10.30 – 12.00; 23 and 30 April: 10.30 -11.30

FREE thanks to Arts Council England support

Enrol: please contact info@oddeyestheatre.net with your google email including a short introduction about your professional and education background and how you are hoping to use the skills gained through this programme.

NOTE: places are limited to keep the sessions engaging for all attendants.

What is Creative Debate?

Using theatre and film to spark conversation, Creative Debate equips you with the tools to facilitate debates and explore complex themes with a range of participants. Developed by Emilia Teglia, founder of Odd Eyes Theatre, in her work with young people, migrants and refugees, including speakers of English as second language, and participants with special education needs (SEND). the goal of this technique is to support participants to gain confidence in expressing their views, creating a safe environment for unprejudiced dialogue and ultimately liberating and empowering people.


How it works

The techniques develop directly from Forum Theatre. The group is called to listen to a story, watch a film, a play or a piece of news relevant to real events. After sharing in the experience as spectators, participants engage in facilitated debate and identify issues directly relevant to their own experience. The group is then called to create a new work – a scene, a play or a short film based on their personal views and experience –in response to the original story.

 Who is it for

This course will be particularly useful for:

  • Artists working in participatory art projects
  • Artists engaged with young people and vulnerable groups
  • Teachers
  • Activists

 This course might also be useful for anyone interested in creative ways of engaging and supporting vulnerable people and anyone interested in using art for social change.

As Odd Eyes Theatre is expanding its freelance base, this is also a great opportunity to get to know us and introduce yourself to the company.

You will:

  • Be given a sample presentation from #Haters school and community youth programme on how Odd Eyes Theatre uses these techniques.
  • Examine techniques the facilitator uses to unlock stories, validate and engage participants and increase their awareness of choice-based behaviours and opportunities for change.
  • Practice using Creative Debate techniques


About Emilia Teglia

Emilia Teglia trained with Augusto Boal and Adrian Jackson through Cardboard Citizens, holds a BA Hons in Theatre Studies and a MA in Cultural History with a dissertation on Theatre of the Oppressed. In 2010, she set up Accent on Acting, a pilot project using Boal’s Theatre of the Oppressed techniques to give a voice to people with experience of migration. The project developed into Odd Eyes Theatre, a charity using theatre and film to open communication between people from different socio-economic background and walks of life.



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