Simon Dennan: Babylon by Boal

This paper describes how Boal’s Image of Transition has been adapted in to an Image of Exodus.

Bob Marley visited the Pacific in 1979 with the Babylon by Bus tour. His influence, through his music, is still felt throughout Oceania as local musicians and audiences have adopted Reggae as an Oceanian music form. This paper describes how Boal’s Image of Transition has been adapted in to an Image of Exodus. In this exercise young people in the communities of Auckland and Port Villa describe Babylon in images and then exodus into Zion by reimagining the images as hope filled alternatives. The tyranny of distance between these communities is broken down by dialogue through poetry, photography and songs that tell of common shared life experiences.

Simon Dennan is a doctoral student in the Faculty of Education and Social Work at the University of Auckland. He has a background teaching in secondary schools. Simon has always had a strong interest in pedagogy and how popular culture might be combined for transformative education.

Tegan Arazny (Facilitator & Documenter)
Tegan is a strong advocate for the development of Theatre and the Arts in community settings and has been involved with numerous Applied Theatre programmes throughout her professional training and experience. Tegan graduated with a Master of Arts with Distinction in Applied Theatre from The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London. She has professional experience in Community Performance that engages young people in contemporary social issues. Tegan has also collaborated and performed with award-winning theatre company PuppetSoup to deliver puppetry workshops and tour their new bilingual show, ‘Arthur the Bear King’, to rural and socially deprived areas of Wales. Tegan is currently working with The Blue Datto Foundation as a Project Coordinator to expand and develop their interactive road safety education program to young people and communities throughout New South Wales, Australia.