theatre against the audience
Theatre Against the Audience is a term coined by Dhananjaya to describe the confronting theatre practice that he has developed, whereby he creates theatre that is performed against its audience. To clarify, this means that his plays are performed to challenge his audience, to push against what they think, believe or respect. It does not merely mean disturbing the audience, although most of his plays tend to do so. The audience is disturbed not only because of the words and language used within the works but also because the structure of his plays imply that the audience bears a degree of responsibility for what is happening to the characters, giving the audience a sense of guilt by the end of the performance.

Dhananjaya's actors and characters often interact with the audience by directly addressing them, occasionally getting the audience physically or verbally involved. In his play The Jury, there is a court scene where the judge asks the audience for a witness to a leg found on the street (a common scenario during the time of political unrest in which story is based). Most of the times that the play has been performed, audience members not only stand up as witnesses but also emerge onto the stage. In the play The Story of the Last Bus, the audience is given chewing gum to eat as the play starts. The audience chews the gum while watching the play and by the end, the audience feels very uncomfortable and are shocked when they find out the story behind the chewing gum they have been eating. In Asylum Seeker's Story both the actor and the character speak to the audience at the same time - the actor and the character could become the other at any time without notice. As such, this theatrical technique confuses audiences by blurring the line between 'reality' and theatrical 'illusion' and the play ends leaving the audience lost in illusion and reality.