"Bangalore Jokers" is a group of over 300 practitioners of Theatre of the Oppressed spread around the world who have completed CCDC's facilitator training over the past decade. In March/April 2020, as the Covid-19 induced lockdown kept extending indefinitely, we reached out to our extended family of jokers suggesting a virtual meeting, just to check in and connect.
The first global Bangalore Jokers virtual meet took place on April 18 2020. Since then, the 90 minute Saturday meets were held in an unbroken flow of weekly meets for 8 months till December 2020. From January 2021, the meets will be held once a month. The meets are a space where BJs feel free to share, draw on each other's support, knowledge and skills to grow as Jokers, but more importantly, reaffirm our faith in the TO philosophy of connecting as human beings.
Here are some of the themes of our Saturday gatherings:
What does it mean to 'do TO' in Covid times?
When does Theatre of the Oppressed become exploitative?
What is Dialogue? Reading Freire for India today
Shrieking Silence - A hybrid of Forum Theatre and Cop in the Head
An experiment with Image Theatre
Self care for the mental health professional
TO for Health Humanities
Who is 'My Joker'?
Children's books as resources for Building Resilience
The National Education Policy 2020 and its implications for drama teachers