The lives and deaths of Zakia: how AIDS changed African community theatre and vice versa

Johansson, Ola (2007) The lives and deaths of Zakia: how AIDS changed African community theatre and vice versa. Theatre Research International, 32 (1) . pp. 85-100. ISSN 0307-8833 [Article] (doi:10.1017/S0307883306002525)

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The article discusses the functions of African community theatre in general, and its preventive capacity in the HIV/AIDS epidemic in particular. By delineating the parallel developments of community theatre and HIV prevention, the reciprocal needs of the practices are assessed in light of certain cases in Tanzania. This country has taken a leading position in the implementation of sustainable and locally owned theatre projects, but the challenges of the AIDS epidemic have proven so vast that the previously assumed purposes of community theatre must be called into question. Rather than being viewed as a means in itself, or a means for rapid change, community theatre is viewed as a relational means in coordinated programmes against AIDS. However, in spite of functioning as an exceptional relational agency for the most exposed cohort in the epidemic (women aged between fifteen and twenty-four), the social, gender and epidemic predicaments will persist as long as policy-makers do not fully recognize the status of young people and the capacity of community theatre.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > School of Media and Performing Arts > Performing Arts
Item ID: 10825
Depositing User: Ola Johansson
Date Deposited: 24 Jun 2013 06:38
Last Modified: 30 Nov 2022 01:59

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