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PLA Notes CD-ROM 1988-2001 22 Drama, PRA and the academic institution

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Document begins: PLA Notes CD-ROM 1988­2001 22 Drama, PRA and the academic institution Pat Norrish Introduction alternatives to those presented (see Searle - Mbullu and Kate Norrish, this issue). Its main Over the last 5 years, we (the AERDD1 at the aim is to change people from spectators (passive beings in the theatrical sense) into University of Reading) have used Forum transformers of the dramatic action. Theatre as a regular part of a 4-week masters module on participatory approaches to extension and rural development. The The theatre experience is grounded in the approach to learning is experiential with group as part of a process linking drama to students spending around half of the course critical discussion. Members of the audience carrying out a short PRA exercise. can interrupt the drama and become actors themselves to change the direction of the drama as they analyse the situation unfolding The strong focus on participatory development before them. Through this process of changing means that there is pressure on many people to gain the skills and techniques which PRA and rechanging the drama, people can begin to employs. But an essential part of participatory see that reality can be changed and that action ...

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