n African Renaissance - HIV / AIDS prevention and theatre : devising a culturally appropriate theatre-for-development for Africa

Volume 3, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 1744-2532
  • E-ISSN: 2516-5305


Using theatre and performances to examine and / or address social issues in Africa is nothing new. In fact, African arts in general, and theatre and performance in particular, have always functioned as sites and instruments for social education, critique and a multitude of other discourses. Indigenous African performances have always served as mirrors for their respective societies through which to critically look at themselves, celebrate their cultural values and identities, and make corrections and adjustments when necessary. This sense of function has been carried on into contemporary literary theatre where African dramatists see themselves as eyes and voices of their societies, holding up for public scrutiny societies' cultural and social processes.

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