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Applied Drama/Theatre as Social Intervention in Conflict and Post-Conflict Contexts

Editor(s): Hazel Barnes, Marié-Heleen Coetzee

Book Description

This book explores the use of drama or theatre texts about, as approaches to, or methodologies for, interventions in conflict and post-conflict contexts. It maps the role of drama/theatre in the centre and in the aftermath of overt and direct conflict, traces how the relationship between drama/theatre and conflict is shaping the socio-cultural, political, and aesthetic landscapes of these contexts, and engages with drama/theatre as methodologies to address or forge new relationships around conflict.

As such, it deals with the transformative abilities of drama/theatre in contexts where conflict or violence is overt or covert in its effects, expressions and modes of social control in a range of geographical constituencies. It includes chapters predominantly from South Africa, but also from rural Nigeria and New Zealand, reflecting work on conflict in prisons, tertiary and secondary education, cities, villages and families.

It also contains two new original play scripts, both resulting in acclaimed performances: Hush, on family violence in New Zealand, and The Line, on xenophobia in South Africa.


ISBN-13: 978-1-4438-5397-2
ISBN-10: 1-4438-5397-6
Date of Publication: 01/02/2014
Pages / Size: 280 / A5
Price: £44.99


Hazel Barnes is a retired Head of Drama and Performance Studies at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, where she is a Senior Research Associate, and is a member of the Management Committee and Chair of the Research Committee of Drama for Life at the School of Arts, University of the Witwatersrand. Her research interests lie in the field of applied drama in which she has published a number of papers on drama and theatre applied to interculturalism and post-traumatic stress in national and international journals.

Marié-Heleen Coetzee is Associate Professor and Head of the Drama Department at the University of Pretoria, South Africa. Her current research centres on drama/theatre-based pedagogies and performance praxis in the context of higher education, with a special interest in cross-cultural and cross-disciplinary arenas. She has presented papers and workshops at various local and international conferences, presented guest lectures and workshops at a number of institutions in South Africa and abroad, contributed scholarly articles, and performed in, directed and choreographed productions on a variety of platforms.