Free Theatre is founded upon the liberating potential of the arts. Formed by theatre workers, Pongjit Saphakhun and Richard Barber, it brings an extensive body of practice and lived experience in the Asia-Pacific region into the Australian context. Free Theatre blends approaches in conflict transformation, community engagement, inter-cultural exchange, social enterprise, and the self-devised technique, Dialogue Theatre.
The Dialogue Theatre method is at the heart of Free Theatre's practice. Dialogue Theatre is an engaged, audience-centred approach, creating safe spaces for difficult conversations. Dialogue with diverse voices is enabled by the character, creating the opportunity for communities to address local concerns and for the general public to address society's challenging issues.
"Free Theatre's gentle and skilful approach allowed us to go deep into unchartered territory with confidence and safety."
Liss Gabb, cohealth Arts Generator
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Free Theatre is a resident artist at Siteworks, a creative space in Brunswick supporting a community of co-creation, bartering, site activation, and event programming. Free Theatre is exploring new models of co-working and engagement at Siteworks.
At the Makhampom Art Space
In partnership with its sister organisation, the Makhampom Theatre Group, Free Theatre conducts training and exchange programs in inter-cultural and applied theatre practice, including the annual Study Tour, at the Makhampom Art Space in northern Thailand.
33 Saxon St, Brunswick
Victoria 3056 Australia
Free Theatre acknowledges the traditional custodians of the land on which we work, live and create