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About Us

to play.

to create. 

to transform.

Free Theatre works to extend the reach of the transformative and liberating potential of theatre.  

Free Theatre was founded by the family team of Pongjit Saphakhun, Richard Barber, and Janita Barber in 2015 to bring the knowledge and experience of Thailand's Makhampom Theatre Group to Australia. This practice, developed over 2 decades in Thailand and throughout the Asia-Pacific region, involved the coalescence of theatre arts practice, community development, inter-cultural process, and conflict transformation methodology, developed in villages, universities, factories, prisons, schools, and war zones.


Free Theatre has synthesised this experience into their Dialogue Theatre technique, which has extended into a Digital Dialogue practice in response to the social changes emerging from the Covid-19 pandemic. 

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