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Title: Towards a poetically correct theatre for development : a dialogical approach.
Author: Nogueira, Marcia Pompeo.
Awarding Body: University of Exeter
Current Institution: University of Exeter
Date of Award: 2002
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The critical understanding of 'development' presented in this thesis has its focus on the Green Revolution and its effects. The general view that resulted from this analysis points to how development policies have worsened life for large sections of the world's population but favoured global trade in a scale unthinkable during colonial times. Different types of practices that are identified with the term Theatre for Development were classified into three categories. This helped to highlight the specific contributions of the Dialogical Theatre for Development' approach, which is based on Paulo Freire's principle of respect for the knowledge and culture of rural and urban community members. This category is presented as the one that could help to resist the injustices of market-oriented globalisation. Aside from an affirmation of the methods of the Dialogical Theatre for Development practices, this thesis presents a criticism of its discursive approach. The 'poetically correct' theatre I am advocating should search for a poetical expression, have the right to use fantasy and imagination, and to experiment with both form and content as part of its creative process, without losing touch with reality. How could the Dialogical Theatre for Development approach be 'poetically correct'? The suggestion presented is based on the expansion of Freire's concept of codification to include imaginary representations of reality. Three contemporary practices of Theatre for Development in Brazil, England and the Philippines, are presented, in order to identify current trends and to try to improve understanding about methods and form in the Dialogical Theatre for Development. The expected results of this thesis include the clarification of the meaning of Theatre for Development, an increased awareness in relation to the importance of methods of interaction with communities, and a challenge for those who support theatre practices within communities of the First and Third Worlds, to develop works in which the imagination is free to consider reality.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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