Street theatre handbook

Why Don’t We Do It in the Road: A Personal Guide to Outdoor Interactive Theatre, written by Vida Cerkvenik Bren.

Why Dont We Do It in the Road - illustration 02 (by Robin Klengel)

Does the world of outdoor theatre 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 being used?

Why Don’t We Do It in the Road invites you to enter the world of outdoor theatre through the personal experiences, stories and views of performers, directors and pedagogues from across Europe. The book shares their theoretical thoughts as well as practical advices. It provides tools for analysing existing theatre phenomena and suggests helpful tips and exercises that will help you make a new creation of your own.

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 abundance of illustrations and graphic presentations that make it accessible also to the general public.

The book has been produced as part of RIOTE2 project and is meant as a free learning tool for adult education across Europe.

Why Dont We Do It in the Road - illustration 01 (by Robin Klengel)


VIDA CERKVENIK BREN graduated in theatre and radio directing from the Academy of Theatre, Radio, Film and Television in Ljubljana. She has conceived and co-directed several independent theatre, radio, puppet and contemporary dance projects. In 2006 she co-founded LJUD and has since then co-authored and co-directed all its projects as well as co-lead its educational program.

LJUD is an international collective of performers, directors, visual artists and anthropologists, based in Ljubljana (Slovenia), that explores the possibilities of artistic expression in public spaces. Since its formation Ljud has created diverse interactive performances and site-specific projects: from live radio plays to interactive hospital waiting rooms, as well as toured the world with its projects The Invasion and Streetwalker, open air ready-made gallery. Ljud’s main focus lies on developing a reciprocal relationship with its audience, encouraging the spectators to become co-creators of theatre as a game, a ritual and a social event.


Here you can download two digital versions of the book in English:

– Version for digital reading: in case you would like to read it on PC or tablet (it is recommended to set your PDF reader to the full screen mode).

– Version for printing: in case you prefer to have a physical book in your hands (the book has been designed to be read double-sided, so it is best to also print it this way).

The book will also be published online in Hungarian, Italian, Romanian and Slovene. All the language versions will be available free to download in the months to come. To download it in your language, please come back to:


The printed version of the book is available in English. To get your free copy, please contact the partner organisation in your country or write to

Why Dont We Do It in the Road - illustration 03 (by Robin Klengel)