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Title:'Sex is not something we talk about, it's something we do': using drama to engage youth in sexuality, relationship and HIV education
Author:Francis, Dennis A.ISNI
Periodical:Critical Arts: A Journal of Media Studies (ISSN 0256-0046)
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:sex education
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/02560041003786508
Abstract:The purpose of this article is to examine how drama, in the Boal tradition - named after the Brazilian theatre director and writer Augusto Boal -, was used for communication about HIV at a school in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Working with the assumption that youth participation and agency are key to halting the rising infection rates in young people, the article shows that drama that is participant-centred provides an opportunity for participants to express their own feelings and opinions, in a way that is not possible in traditional theatre. By drawing on the youths' participation in drama, the article elaborates on some of the critical incidents that emerged and concludes with some implications for practice. It argues that drama, in the Boal tradition, has the unique ability to help participants externalize their views on sexuality and HIV, to step back from the disease and so gain perspective on it. While this has obvious benefits for the participants themselves, the process is not without its own constraints and complexities. Bibliogr., notes, sum. [Journal abstract]