Street Theater Handbook


A guide to understanding and making performances in public spaces

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Why don’t we do it on the road is a guide to understanding and making performances in public spaces. It gives insight into how outdoor performances are made; shares personal stories of performers, directors and producers across Europe; provides tools for analysing existing theatre phenomena and suggests helpful mechanisms to build a new creation.
Does the world of outdoor performances enchant you and you would like to make a performance on your own? Are you educating adults through the medium of theatre and would like to get some practical tips or tools? Or are you just fascinated when you see an outdoor performance and would like to read about some of the tricks used?

The book enables the reader to step into an interactive process of exploration and tries to encourage independent thinking. While hoping to inspire educators, cultural organizers, artists, students and academic researchers the guide combines theoretical texts and personal stories with illustrations and graphic presentations that make it accessible also to the general public.

The book has been produced as part of RIOTE (Rural Inclusive Outdoor Theatre Education) project and is meant as a free learning tool for adult education across Europe.


LJUD is an international collective of performers, directors, visual artists and anthropologists, based in Ljubljana, Slovenia, that has been since 2007 exploring the possibilities of artistic expression in public space through interactive performances and site-specific projects. LJUD’s main focus is developing a reciprocal relationship with its audience, encouraging the spectator to become a co-creator of a game, a ritual and a social event.

The book is based on more than 10 years of experience of LJUD in international artistic work as well as education of adults. Besides contribution by LJUD who has taken over the writing of the main chapters and editing, the book will also feature contributions by RIOTE partner organisations and other experts from the field of performing arts in public spaces.


The book in English is coming out in April. To get your copy of the book, please contact the partner organisation in your country or write to

The book will also be published as e-book in English, Italian, Hungarian, Romanian and Slovene and will be available free to download from May on. To download it in your language, please visit: