Masterclass with Brent Blair

The Museum of the Unspeakable is a symbolic and devotional theatrical technique in response to collective trauma, informed by Augusto Boal’s Rainbow of Desire and developed through years of work with genocide survivors, trauma counselors and theatre artists in Rwanda.
We investigate the theoretical fingerprint of trauma and its accompanying symptoms, and then identify and play with techniques specifically designed to help communities give voice to what has long remained silent.
The technique was born out of genocide survival. It also works for communities with chronic experiences of racism, discrimination, poverty, addiction or other dehumanizing events. These events belong, for many, to the unspeakable. This technique is aimed at lifting the silence and to create a space for trauma reduction and action.