Based on Augusto Boal’s Forum Theatre and, more recently, Theatre for a Change’s Touch Tag Theatre, our interactive and participatory approach examines current behaviour and attempts to make positive changes to that behaviour. Participatory / Interactive Theatre shows the main character trying to deal with an obstacle, difficulty or breakdown in communication and failing because of the resistance of one or more of the other characters. The initial play ends ‘badly’ and the audience, which has been targeted because they face similar issues that are faced by the protagonist, is asked to come into the world of the play to see if they can change the ending for the better. In this way, as a community, the actors and audiences ‘rehearse behaviour change.’
Hahn has worked with a variety of communities [school children, the disabled, recovering drug addicts, young girls in danger of becoming sex workers, sex workers attempting to better their circumstances and others] using interactive theatre to examine behaviour as well as how to rebalance power within relationships. This has led to successful behaviour change on a personal level as well as legislative change from those who hold power over the powerless.
Recent organisations CAP has facilitated interactive Forum theatre to develop and advocate for the following organisations: Amnesty International; Disabled People Against Cuts [DPAC] – directed & facilitated forum theatre in the Houses of Parliament as part of a presentation advocating for the rights of the disabled in the United Kingdom; LLC Social Enterprise – facilitated a number of interactive Forum theatre workshops for volunteer counsellors working in drug & alcohol rehabilitation; University of West London – facilitated a number of workshops for students in the Substance Use and Misuse Studies, School of Psychology.