In the Theatre of the Oppressed

Evaluate a significant experience, achievement, or risk that you have taken and its impact on you.


I was an antagonist. But please do not get me wrong. It was only in our role play. Actually I never imagined myself acting on a stage. This may be the most challenging experience I have ever faced, and I am delighted that I attained a deep insight of what it is like overcoming a challenge.

Acting on the stage may seem a trivial matter to outgoing people but this is not true for an introverted person like me. So I was in a dilemma over whether to attend this Theatre of the Oppressed class in which we would have to give a performance. While I was really curious about the course description "Students will be able to apply the solutions from this class in their daily lives", I felt intimidated to act out in front of many people at the same time. After a week of to and fro contemplation, my curiosity to test myself and learn more about myself made me enroll for the class.

We were peeking out the back door of the auditorium to the stage where David, our class teacher, was introducing our role-play. A few minutes later, we heard a loud clap from the audience to begin our performance. As I was going to the stage, I prepared myself to be calm and realistic when I played my character. I was feeling excited and nervous as well...

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