Theatre and role play
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CTA. 2000. Theatre and role play . Spore 85. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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Theatre is a good way to help awareness-building, since it can encourage a process of reflection, reaction and action (see Spore 78). In Soulou, Burkina Faso, theatre is used as a technique to resolve issues of land allocation to landless...
Theatre is a good way to help awareness-building, since it can encourage a process of reflection, reaction and action (see Spore 78). In Soulou, Burkina Faso, theatre is used as a technique to resolve issues of land allocation to landless families. One actor represents a land owner who refuses to let out his waste land. The audience responds. After a few minutes the real owner of the land appears and says 'I am the real owner, so less me play my own part in the play'. The play ends with a suggestion to set up a leasing arrangement. The value of theatre is as a lever to involve spectators in delicate questions which normally are not discussed, whether the issue is to condemn the excesses of a regional company, or the misdeeds of a village elder. In Chad, Mali and Senegal, role play has also been used effectively with farmers organisations, but not without risk. It is a way to deal with touchy subjects, but it is easy for some people to get carried away when the emotional involvement is high. This calls for great care on the part of the play coordinator, who needs to be a skilled mediator too!
SubjectsAGRICULTURE - GENERAL;
- CTA Spore (English)