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Bonfire Freestyle
Theatre Company

About Bonfire.

Bonfire Freestyle Theatre Company is an improvisational and freestyle theatre company made up of actors, dancers, poets, spoken word artists and musicians. They use skills of interpretation and performance to mirror the audience's stories in order to inspire personal growth and social change.


Our methodology is based on two interactive theatrical forms: Theatre of the Oppressed and Playback Theatre.

Theatre of the Oppressed

Theatre of the Oppressed describes theatrical forms that the Brazilian practitioner Augusto Boal first developed in the 1960s, initially in Brazil and now practiced worldwide. Boal was influenced by the work of the educator and theorist Paulo Freire.


Boal’s techniques use theatre as a means of promoting social and political change. In Theatre of the Oppressed, the audience become “spect-actors” in that they explore, show, analyse and transform the reality in which they are living. This means that both the actors and the audience become active participants in the performance, which facilitates community engagement and collective problem-solving.


The wide repertoire of games and methodologies developed through Theatre of the Oppressed contribute to innovative workshops which can be designed to suit the objectives of any group.

Playback Theatre

Playback Theatre is an interactive, immersive experience. A conductor invites audience members to share their stories with the performers, who "play it back" on the spot.


The stories, elicited through facilitation and dialogue, are played back using drama, movement, spoken word poetry, dance and music. 


“Theatre is a form of knowledge; it should and can also be a means of transforming society. Theatre can help us build our future, rather than just waiting for it." 

- Augusto Boal

“The Bonfire Freestyle Theatre needs to be a cohesive team in order to improvise on the spur of the moment.” - Delia Meyer

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