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Title: The case of the Samre Community Theatre Project on Evil-Eye Organized by the Tigray Arts School
Authors: Mesele, Mengesteab Habtu
Advisors: Alice K. Johnson Butterfield, Ph.D.
Jane Addams
Keywords: Community Theatre
Copyright: Jul-2006
Date Added: 3-May-2012
Publisher: AAU
Abstract: It seems that the traditional canon of conceptualizing theatre along the line of ‘Art for Art’s Sake’ ends up in this epoch. Instead its practical relationship with the cultural, socioeconomic, and political realities of societies is becoming more apparent and persistent. Thus, the need for community-based-theatre also emanates from its pertinent efficacy in bringing changes within a defined community. These types of theatres are developing and are frequently applied for issues akin to the process of community change, in the third world countries. Especially, most community-based theatres echo the very principles of Paulo Freire’s (1993) Pedagogy of the Oppressed, which underscores the importance of community’s direct participation and their authentic values in education systems. By the same token, the Theatre Department of the Tigray Arts School (in Tigray) had organized a community-based theatre in 1999 within local community of one rural Woreda, Samre. The objective of this community theatre project was meant to specifically deal with the traditions of harmful perceptions particularly related to ‘evil-eye’- with a view to bringing attitudinal change amid the cultural context of the whole community and to consequently benefit the target communities in the Woreda. Therefore, this thesis inquires into the efficacy of the Samre Community Theatre Project as a means of cultural intervention made to benefit the direct victims of ‘evil-eye’ in the given Woreda.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/2410
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