Towards a politically efficacious community-based theatre

Johansson, Ola (2011) Towards a politically efficacious community-based theatre. In: Trends in twenty-first-century African theatre and performance. Igweonu, Kene ORCID logoORCID:, ed. Themes in Theatre (6) . Brill | Rodopi, Amsterdam, pp. 263-290. ISBN 9789042033863. [Book Section]


Young people make up the most susceptible groups in the AIDS epidemic in Tanzania. Their most practised form of HIV prevention is community-based theatre (CBT). However, no official assessment has been done to advance the use of theatre in aid programmes. After a long-term research project, the conclusions indicate that gender predicaments exposed in performances cut so close to the epidemic determinants that a redress of such issues would threaten the jobs of politicians and aid workers. In anticipation of a 'performative democracy', the efficacy of CBT may be what hinders its legitimacy as a social and political force against AIDS.

Item Type: Book Section
Research Areas: A. > School of Media and Performing Arts
Item ID: 16808
Depositing User: Ola Johansson
Date Deposited: 05 Jun 2015 10:18
Last Modified: 21 Aug 2019 11:19

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