Forum plays can be run in the straight original fashion, playing the scene through three times, first with the stop method and then with the alternate solutions. It is possible to introduce a few other theatre techniques to give the spect-actors a better idea of the characters’ thoughts and motivations. These two techniques are well suited for starting to work on a scene after the first performance.
The joker holds an imaginary speech bubble over the head of an actor, “Say what the character is thinking, as the person would say it”. Then some of the spect-actors can tell what they imagine the character is thinking. It can go one with doing different speech bubble over other characters.
This exercise gives more insight into background, character and motivation. It can help provide input to some of the underlying motivation that is not immediately visible in the play.
Interview the characters for more information, similar to an interrogation. “Who would you like to interview”, and the spect-actors get to ask the character whatever they want. The actor must then answer in character.
The joker can also jump in, pause the actor and instead ask the audience: “what do you think he or she would answer to that question”.
A good point to move on is then to ask: now that you have more information about the situation, does that change your point of view?