Photo: Isabel Carter
Photo: Isabel Carter

THEATRE FOR DEVELOPMENT

Every issue of Footsteps brings new challenges and learning. This issue has been a particularly interesting one to put together. I’ve always been aware of how enjoyable role play can be to watch. In recent years I’ve realised, too, how gifted ordinary people can be at using role play. This issue has given me a new awareness of the power of using theatre to encourage understanding about all kinds of development issues.

Please find below articles from Footsteps issue 58 in html.

To download a pdf version of Footsteps issue 58 click here (699K).


  • Aarohan Street Theatre

    In the Nepalese language, aarohan means to climb – either up a mountain (in a country that has many of the highest mountains in the world) or onto a performing stage. Aarohan Street Theatre has been established for many years. It began performing on stage and later changed to street theatre. In Nepal, there is a tradition of open-air performances. Folk dances and theatre are performed with participation from the community. Street theatre is easily accepted by the people

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  • Bible study: Valuing different countries and ethnic identities

    Valuing different cultures and ethnic identities In Genesis chapters 1–11 we read about the beginnings of many things – the world itself and all its creatures, marriage, agriculture, sin, cities, music and metalwork. We also learn about the beginnings of nations or ethnic identities in Genesis 10:1–11:9. Some people find lists of names boring, but the lists in the Bible, including this one in Genesis 10, remind us that God is interested in the families, clans, tribes and ethnic identities to ...

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  • Crossing over into reality

    by Alex Mavrocordatos. Kolo village needed a new well. The older wells were running dry, their walls collapsing with the degeneration of the soil into sand as the Sahara crept slowly southwards every year. The chief and his advisors did not seem to care – perhaps because the chief, at least, had a perfectly good well in his own yard. Not like the rest of the villagers, whose women would get up at four or five o’clock in the morning to queue for their bucketful of scarce water.

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  • Exploring issues with role play

    Ask one participant to begin improvising a scene. They can either create a scene about anything they choose, or the facilitator can ask them to create a scene around a particular topic, such as violence, power, child birth or sickness. When another participant recognises the scene they shout ‘Freeze!’. The scene is frozen.

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  • Letters

    Snail farming request.   We are working to fight against poverty, malnutrition and social problems in rural areas of Cameroon through improved farming methods. One project we have carried out is the rearing of snails. After a year, over 2,000 of them died of a strange disease. Can anyone help us with ideas on how to manage these animals better? We would also like to know if there are any uses for their shells.

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  • Resources

    Popular Theatre in Political Culture by Tim Prentki and Jan Selman ISBN 1 84150 847 0 paperback

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  • The imagination: an unlimited and free resource for teaching!

    by Tag McEntegart. The PAX Project was a small peace-building education project started by CARE International in 1996 as part of its reconstruction work in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Croatia after the conflict there. The PAX Project’s central concern was to promote and re-establish healthy, peaceful and reconciled communities throughout Bosnia-Herzegovina.

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  • These Rights are Mine

    by Ann Shrosbree. These Rights are Mine is a project that explores the rights of the child with young people in Uganda. It uses theatre in secondary schools as a way of encouraging information-sharing and the participation of young people.

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