I am currently leading a theatre project called Performing Resistance: the role of theatre and performance in 21st century workers’ movements. The aim is to create new links between artists and workers' movements in Brazil, India, North America, and the UK. Project workshops, and a website and archive (under construction) will deepen understanding of working-class culture and the role of performance in workers' movements today.
The next workshop in the Performing Resistance series is probably the most exciting, given the longstanding importance in the international labour movement of the Landless Workers’ Movement (MST), and their inspirational approach to political organising and cultural work, which has supported land occupations in Brazil since 1984.
On 12th December 6-8 pm Alan Leite, State Secretary of the MST in Marabá/Pará and Coordinator of Theatre Brigade - Patativa do Assaré, and Theatre of the Oppressed practitioner Helen Sarapeck, will deliver a workshop called: Theatre of the Oppressed and the Landless Workers’ Movement: Together for a better world!
I’m hoping trade union activists across the UK will be keen to attend, so please do share far and wide in your networks. The event is likely to be delivered in Portuguese, but English translation will be given. Trade union activists are welcome to attend, free tickets to the event can be booked here.
Dr. Hillman is a senior lecturer at the University of Exeter.