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PLA Notes CD-ROM 1988-2001 7 Drama as a discussion starter in research and education


Document begins: PLA Notes CD-ROM 1988­2001 7 Drama as a discussion starter in research and education Korrie de Koning · it enables people to look critically at the Introduction world in which they live and the factors which influence the way they feel about Throughout history, theatre has been used to themselves and how they live their lives; entertain, to comment on existing situations, · it gets groups actively involved; and to communicate cultural traditions and · it raises self esteem and self confidence; stories. Most people are familiar with drama and, through watching plays in a theatre, on · it stimulates hope for change and breaks television, in a community hall or in the through apathy. playground. As with stories, plays which are well made can make us laugh, or be sad or Drama offers an opportunity for integrating angry, because we recognise ourselves and these elements into the educational activities people we know. A play gives us a picture of a of health educators, community development situation and the people in it. It shows their workers and trainers. It can encourage feelings and actions and how they interact with communities to explore their own situation, or each other. ...

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