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.