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Stripping to the undercoat : a review and reflections on a piece of organization theatre.

Clark, T. and Mangham, I. (2005) 'Stripping to the undercoat : a review and reflections on a piece of organization theatre.', Organization studies., 25 (5). pp. 841-851.


In this article, we review one ‘tailor-made play’, one piece of organization theatre called Varnishing the Truth. We then reflect on the questions we asked of ourselves while watching this performance and reviewing the video of it: how does this activity relate to its claimed theoretical foundations (Boal’s forum theatre)? Is forum theatre an appropriate model for organization theatre? Can ‘things be made to move’ by an activity such as the one to which we were an audience? In the process of answering these questions, we emphasize the reductive adoption of radical techniques (that is, Boal’s forum theatre); the depoliticization of corporate theatre; and, the limitations of the theory of negotiated order as a model for learning, given the discursive construction of organizational roles.

Item Type:Article
Keywords:Organization theatre, Forum theatre, Augusto Boal.
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Last Modified:31 May 2011 11:56

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