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 promotes Young People’s expression and engagement through Puppetry and Theatre practices. As well as collaborating and performing with ERTH Visual & Physical Inc and Welsh theatre company PuppetSoup, she has co-directed and worked alongside Shop Front Arts Co-Op Junior Ensemble of 8-14-year old’s to create the original devised production, The Unknown. Tegan is currently working as Teaching Artist for Sydney Theatre Company’s ‘School Drama’. This is a Teachers Professional Development Program designed to improve teaching and learning by modelling the use of drama-based strategies with quality children's literature.