n Latin American Report - The pitfalls of realism in transformative theatre : the case of

Volume 27, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0256-6060



This article seeks to demonstrate how theatre instigated for change cannot yield an environment for liberation and recuperation against dominant ideology if it is construed within the generic regime of realism. This paradigm is premised on the fact that the core purpose of transformative theatre is to provide liberated space which allows for diverse voices to deliberate upon their interests, so that social power is not concentrated within one centre and avoids paternalism, marginalization, exclusion and othering. The article uses a play entitled , written by one of Zimbabwe's prolific playwright, Stephen Chifunyise. The article argues that realism, as a style, does not engender institutions of democracy such as empowerment, inclusion and liberation of intellectual and physical agency.

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