BThe pre-conference will explore the challenges of making social action an authentic and empowering experience, using techniques from the Brazilian theatre director Alberto Boal’s Theatre of the Oppressed.

Target Participants

The day is designed for two target groups: conference delegates from LAHC schools (and possibly invited Mexican schools) and students from LAHC schools in Mexico.

Participant Numbers

The maximum number of delegates is not currently specified, but an approximate number would be around 50-60.


Crowne Plaza Hotel de México, Colonia Nápoles (conference hotel).


Delegates attending the LAHC conference will pay an extra US$50 for the pre-conference day. Cost for students still to be determined.

Organising Staff

The pre-conference is being organised by the Lancaster School. The key people involved are:
• Edurne Goded – Director of Activities
• Tom Gething – LAHC link, communication and logistics
• Susan Mann – student liaison

Guest speakers:
• Claire Harvey – CEO of Diversity Role Models
• Jon Bonfiglio – Ninth Wave

Activity facilitators:
• Edurne Goded
• Jon Bonfiglio
• Oliver Proctor

LAHC liaison:
• Alan Downie

What is Theatre of the Oppressed?

Theatre of the Oppressed describes theatrical forms that the Brazilian theatre practitioner Augusto Boal first elaborated in the 1970s, initially in Brazil and later in Europe. Boal was influenced by the work of the educator and theorist Paulo Freire. Boal's techniques use theatre as means of promoting social and political change. In the Theatre of the Oppressed, the audience becomes active, such that as "spect-actors" they explore, show, analyse and transform the reality in which they are living.

Forum Theatre is one of the techniques under the umbrella of Theatre of the Oppressed. This relates to the engagement of spectators influencing and engaging with the performance as both spectators and actors, termed “spect-actors”, who have the power to stop and change the performance. As part of TO, the issues dealt with in Forum Theatre are often related to areas of social justice with aims to explore solutions to oppression featured in the performance.

Outline of activities

Time Activity Facilitator(s)
08:00 – 08:30 Arrival and welcome Tom and Edurne
08:30 – 09:30 Presentation Claire Harvey
09:30 – 10:00 What is social action? (small group activity) Jon, Oliver, Edurne
10:00 – 10:15 Break
10:15 – 11:15 Presentation Jon Bonfiglio
11:15 – 11:45 Challenges of social action (small group activity) Jon, Oliver, Edurne
11:45 – 12:00 Break
12:00 – 13:00 Exploring Image Theatre exercises and some games for actors and non-actors Jon, Oliver, Edurne
13:00 – 14:00 Lunch
14:00 – 15:30 Theory into action:
  • Discuss the challenge(s) you would like to explore
  • Create a small piece in teams of 4-5 (3 mins max)
  • Perform and explore the solutions
Jon, Oliver, Edurne
15:30 – 16:00 Feedback session (one representative of each group shares the challenges and solutions) Asian


The purpose of this session is to broaden and increase the collaboration between LAHC schools by identifying concrete opportunities for sharing expertise, experiences and initiatives in areas of mutual interest and/or need, and developing joint projects.


The objective is for every school to commit to at least one collaborative activity with another school before the end of the session. The planned collaboration might be virtual or in person (ie some sort of exchange) involving staff and/or students, and could be fixed term or ongoing.


Prior to the conference:

1. Schools identify and register up to three areas in which they have expertise or experience or recent initiatives to share that could be of interest to other schools, up to three areas in which they are seeking to learn from other schools’ experiences or expertise, and up to three possible joint projects.


2. Schools consult the published list of areas for collaboration in order to identify potential matches with other schools. This list will be made available in early 2019. At the conference

At the conference

3. At the beginning of the networking session, there will be an opportunity for a few schools to share (in one minute) an initiative or effective partnership with another school that they have been involved in previously, as an example of the sort of collaboration that is possible.

4. All schools will have a table run by one member of staff who can talk to other schools that are interested in exploring opportunities for collaborating in the areas published by the school. This person should be briefed beforehand so that they have sufficient knowledge about the potential areas for collaboration.

5. The rest of the delegates will be able to visit the tables of the other schools whose areas for collaboration are of interest to them.

6. Schools that only have one member of staff at the conference will stay at their table for the first 20 minutes and then spend the rest of the session visiting the other schools’ tables.

7. Each school will be provided with display material with the symbols and colours corresponding to their areas for sharing, to facilitate matching of interests.

8. At the end of the session, schools will register any agreed collaborations through a simple, online system that will be made available at the conference. Registration will automatically result in being entered into a raffle for an attractive prize, to be announced nearer the conference.


All heads and additional delegates from LAHC schools.

Possible outcomes

There is no limit to the variety of activities that could come out of this session, but some ideas might be:

• Staff exchanges
• Student projects
• Experts leading workshops/training sessions
• Development of joint initiatives
• Guidance/consultancy
• Sharing of resources

Potential areas for collaboration

Once we have received everyone’s areas of interest, we will try to group them into broad categories, in order to facilitate the matching process. Here are some ideas of areas that might be of interest:

• Bilingualism/Language
• Concept/Inquiry/Project-based Learning
• Early Years Education
• STEM/STEAM/Creativity
• Curriculum Development
• Assessment
• Inclusion/Differentiation
• Social Action/Service Learning
• Personal, Social and Health Education
• Sports/Arts/Cultural Activities
• Staff Development/Appraisal
• Recruitment/Human Resources
• Leadership and Management
• Administration/Finance