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Title:Emerging paradigms for applied drama and theatre practice in African contexts
Author:Chinyowa, Kennedy C.ISNI
Year:2008
Periodical:African Performance Review
Volume:2
Issue:2-3
Pages:85-102
Language:English
Geographic terms:South Africa
Zimbabwe
Subjects:theatre
AIDS
sex education
Abstract:Helen Nicholson (2005) aptly describes applied drama and theatre as a gift. Notwithstanding the contestable meanings that may be attached to the metaphor of a gift, such as dependency, patronage and surveillance, Nicholson argues that the practice of making theatre in community settings creates spaces that enable participants' voices to be heard. Such practice goes beyond mere 'giving' and 'receiving' to embrace notions of emotional pleasure, empathic dialogue and mutual exchange. What paradigms would make up an authentic gift in the context of applied drama and theatre practice? This article examines some of the paradigms that have emerged from how applied drama and theatre being practised in selected African contexts handles both process and product with specific reference to HIV/AIDS education. It draws examples from the work of two theatre organizations, namely Amakhosi Theatre Productions in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, and DramaAidE (Drama in AIDS Education) in Durban, South Africa. The paradigms discussed include the folk media, popular participation, integrated development, and intercultural theatre paradigms. Bibliogr. [ASC Leiden abstract]
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