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The HATS Manual -> The Methodology -> The Facilitator

In the Theatre of the Oppressed Boal calls the facilitator "the Joker". Rather than a facilitator, they are a difficultator. The Joker is, at different times, director, facilitator and workshop leader. The Joker is:

  • an intermediary between the audience and the performers
  • an intermediary between the reality of the workshop and the world
The Joker also challenges assumptions, pursues disagreements between participants and highlights contradictions that emerge in the process.

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