ERIC Number: ED331103
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
Reference Count: 0
Theatre in Search of Social Change: The Relative Significance of Different Theatrical Approaches. CESO Paperback No. 7.
Epskamp, Kees P.
This book investigates the educative role of theater in processes of social change and development, and considers how to evaluate the use of theater as a small-scale medium in realizing development projects based on a participatory or interventionist model. The book is in three major parts. Following an introduction and an introductory chapter, the first part (The Historical Antecedents of 'Theater for Development) is concerned with the formation of theories which form the basis of the book's approach. Part 2 (From Traditional to Popular Theater: Historical Case Studies from Asia, Latin America and Africa) consists of a description of the historical development of theater as an educative medium in development processes in the Third World. Part 3 (Theater for Development: Performing Arts as Instruments of Intervention) presents a number of descriptions of theater used in clearly defined development projects. The book's 12 chapters are as follows: (1) Introduction; (2) Development and Change: People's Participation in Adult Education; (3) Popular Theater from a Social Scientific Point of View; (4) Popular Theater from an Educative Point of View; (5) Popular Theater from a Theater Historical Point of View; (6) Traditional Media for Publicity and Information Campaigns: Wayang Theater on Java and Bali; (7) Adult Education and 'Teatro Campesino' in Latin America: Mexico as an Example; (8) African Universities Hit the Road: From Travelling Theater to Theater for Development; (9) Theatrical Forms: Puppeteers and Crooners Participating in Mass Campaigns; (10) Learning Approaches: Shifting from Sector Policy in National Campaigns to Target Group Policy in Local Development Projects; (11) Target Groups: NGOs and the Marginalized Rural and Urban Poor; and (12) Conclusions. Thirteen pages of notes and a 23-page bibliography are attached. (SR)
Publication Type: Books; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Centre for the Study of Education in Developing Countries, The Hague (Netherlands).
Identifiers: Africa; Asia; Latin America; Theater for Development; Theater Research
Note: Translated by Corrie Donner, Greet Hooijmans, Jan Jacobs, and Carlo Scheldwacht.