Workshop on Jokering Justice- Introduction to Theatre of the Oppressed at Sambhaavnaa Institute, Palampur [Mar 5-10]: Register Now!


About the Workshop

Theatre of the Oppressed (TOTO) is a praxis based on the political views of equality and democratic processes. TOTO, both as an approach and a technique, facilitates a shift in behaviour and perception of individuals and collectives, enabling greater ownership and a hands-on approach to validate and support diverse dialogues.

The Theatre of the Oppressed practice deeply respects the intellectual faculty of people and therefore has the potential to portray oppression and change the story. This form of theatre focuses not just on acting, but also on action. It deliberates on the reflection of realities and can be a rehearsal for future action.


This workshop, which is the first and introductory level, is a 6-day workshop. It is an introduction to this amorphous framework and possible ways to implement TOTO in various fields. This workshop will focus on participatory process which offers people the possibility of identifying issues, articulating them in form of short plays and creating a structure in which an active dialogue between the actors and the spectators is instigated in order to try and change the story.

General Details

  • Date: 5 to 10 March, 2024 (9:00 AM)
  • Venue: Sambhaavnaa Institute, VPO Kandbari, Tehsil Palampur, District Kangra, PIN 176061, Himachal Pradesh.


  • Jaya Iyer has been associated with various aspects of social development for over three decades. An awardee of many prestigious fellowships, Jaya is also a recipient of the UNESCO Aschberg Bursary to study the Theatre of the Oppressed with Augusto Boal. As a theatre professional she has developed and staged over 20 major productions and around 1000 studio, street and community performances. Her productions have won the prestigious Sahitya Kala Parishad “Best Play of the Year”, have been showcased in Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Urdu theatre festival, Sriram summer festival, theatre for Truth festival etc.
  • Zubair Idrisi has been a theatre practitioner for more than fifteen years. His area of interest lies in working around the transformative power of theatre in influencing social change. He specialises in theatre-based training and facilitation of workshops at individual, community and organizational level. He has extensive experience in project design and coordination with a focus on youth-and gender-oriented programs. He has designed and executed various social campaigns as well, each addressing a specific cause or an issue.
  • Who is it for?

    • This workshop is for change-makers, social work practitioners, activists, people associated with people’s movements, theatre artists who work on aspects of social change and young artists exploring to develop techniques for social change.
    • This workshop is ideal for those who want to begin using Theatre for social change processes.

    Registration Details

    • Click on the link provided below to register.
    • The organizer hopes that participants would contribute an amount of Rs. 6000/- towards workshop expenses, inclusive of all on-site workshop costs: boarding, lodging, and all the materials used in the workshop. Travel of participants will have to be borne by the organisation/the participants.

    Contact Information

    For any query: WhatsApp or call : 8894227954 (between 10 am to 5 pm), and e-mail:

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