Playing for Keeps: Theatre for Development (TfD) and Collective Action Open Access

Ennis, Jessica Ann (2014)

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In the midst of international development efforts, a creative approach to development has emerged: Theatre for Development (TfD). TfD takes the form of a theatre workshop that explores obstacles to development and proposes potential solutions to such obstacles. Workshops are designed to incite collective action within the communities they take place in. It is through this collective action that TfD aims to establish development initiatives which improve the standard of living available to partner communities. This thesis analyzes four TfD techniques-cultivation of local relationships, community script drafting, improvisation, and post-show discussions-to determine which techniques are most efficacious in the TfD process. It was found that local relationships and community script drafting are especially effective, while improvisation and post-show discussions might also aid the cultivation of collective action. Additionally, this study identified other factors which influence the efficacy of TfD: repetitive workshops, communal willingness to participate, culture, and additional contextual factors. It is suggested that future research explore the role these factors play in TfD's ability to produce collective action.

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Introduction……………………………………………………………………………..………..1

Literature Review……………………………………………………………..……...…..….5

Theory………………………………………………………………………….…............…….5

TfD in Practice………………………………………………………………...........….....10

Gaps in Previous Research…………………………………………………………..……18

Theories/Hypotheses……………………………………………………………………..….19 Methods………………………………………………………………………………………....….21

Variables and Measurement………………………………………..….............….21

The Collection of Evidence…………………………………….............……..…...25

Results……………………………………………………………………………..………………..30

Collection One………………………………………………………………................….30

Collection Two: Bond Street Theatre Cases………………...............….…58

Process of Analysis…………………………………………………………...............…74

Conclusion………………………………………………………………….……………..…….…77

General Conclusions………………………………………………………...............…77

Next Steps…………………………………………………………..……….............……..81

References………………………………………………………………………………......….107

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