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PLA Notes CD-ROM 1988-2001 19 PRA and theatre for development in Southern India

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Document begins: PLA Notes CD-ROM 1988­2001 19 PRA and theatre for development in Southern India Kirsty Smith, Susanna Wilford and Ruth O'Connell Introduction objections they might face during its promotion. In common with many Theatre which is fully participatory can development agencies, PREPARE's understanding of theatre was as a medium for significantly empower individuals and the promotion of messages. We sought communities. It can be effective in through this project to find ways of highlighting important issues at grassroots level as well as re-establishing local art forms introducing a more participatory approach to and traditional cultural practices that are so the use of theatre in PREPARE's work and, as often lost through marginalisation and part of this, to experiment with the integration discrimination. of Theatre for Development and PRA. Using PRA with women educators This article looks at the introduction of a new education scheme with a community in southern India in which PRA and practical PREPARE provided us with the results of their drama activities were used. We consider investigation into how education for girls had whether PRA can be enhanced by integration been identified as a need in local Dalit with participatory theatre activities and what villages. In ...

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