“The joker’s function is not that of facilitator, the joker is (in Boal-speak) a difficultator, undermining easy judgments, reinforcing our grasp of the complexity of a situation, not letting that complexity get in the way of action or frighten us into submission or inactivity. Things aren’t always what they seem, it says; let’s try and do something about them” (Jackson, 1994, pp. xix-xx).
Arvind Singhal’s advice to me on December 24, 2011, excerpted from our Facebook conversation and pieced together like a poem (not hard to do when his words are so lyrical):
Compassion to oneself is key
Go easy on yourself, be nimble, playful
Make some mistakes
Learn, plow ahead wiser
And more curious
Be serious about play
Playful in work, I mean
“Closure” is key
Each deliverable should be your reward
Begin w low hanging
They are important for nourishment
Jackson, A. (1994). Translator’s introduction. In A. Boal, The Rainbow of Desire: The Boal Method of Theatre and Therapy (A. Jackson, Trans.). New York: Routledge. (Original work published 1995).