Theatre for a Change in Malawi: Participatory approaches to Development.

Hahn, Matthew (2012) Theatre for a Change in Malawi: Participatory approaches to Development. Journal of Applied Arts and Health, 2 (3). 317 - 333. ISSN 20402457

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Abstract

Theatre for a Change (TfaC) uses innovative strategies to empower vulnerable and marginalized groups through positive behaviour change and advocacy of gender and sexual equality. Adapting their practice from Augusto Boal's Forum Theatre, TfaC's aims to change attitudes towards gender and sexuality in specific communities within Malawi. When TfaC recognized that the Protagonist in their Forum Plays was predominantly female, re-enforcing the stereotype of women within these communities, they adapted Forum Theatre's concept of 'win/loss' to explore the issues of 'equality' where any character can be replaced in order to achieve an equality in the relationship represented on stage. They call this adaptation, Touch Tag Theatre. Touch Tag Theatre is currently used to positively change the behaviour of vulnerable and marginalized groups as well as to advocate for changes in educational and legislative policy decisions to those who hold power and influence in society on a wider level.

Item Type: Journal Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Theatre for Development -- Boalian theory and practice -- Gender and sexual studies -- African studies -- Health care -- Non-governmental organizations -- Malawi
Subjects: 700 The arts; fine & decorative arts; recreation > 792 Stage presentations
School/Department: School of Arts and Humanities
Depositing User: Catherine O'Sullivan
Date Deposited: 11 Feb 2013 14:53
Last Modified: 11 Feb 2013 14:53
URI: http://research.stmarys.ac.uk/id/eprint/360

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