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THEATRE: EMPOWERMENT OF PEOPLE

BITA has developed an innovative theatre process with the support of PETA (Philippines Educational Theatre Association), and based on this process BITA has developed a theatre manual which incorporates selected issues such as how to involve the marginalized people in the theatre making process, culture and development etc. Additionally, a group of trained theatre and cultural activists contribute their expertise to the project activities. The process of Theatre for development is as follows:

 

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  1. Area Selection

To identify the suitable place for providing and conducting the activities to the vulnerable people’s through eye survey.

  1. Survey

To collect information about the socio-economic and cultural condition through PRA tools (e.g. social map, house hold map, FGD).

  1. Discuss with the Local people

To inform the local influential persons and community people about the programme, introduce and build up initial relationship with them.

  1. Identify the interested participants

To find out the cultural activist and grass root artist for the programme through open discussion, role play and demonstration.

  1. Group Formation

To select the participants to form theatre group from the interested people, grass root artist and cultural activist.

  1. Orientation

To deliver the idea and knowledge to the selected participants about theatre for development programmers and organizational goal, vision and mission through discussion and visual presentation.

  1. Identify the Issues

To identify the issues for theatre making and dissemination through using PRA tools (e.g. matrix, FGD and ranking).

  1. Analyze the Issues

To explore and analyze the root cause and effects of the selected issues in the community for clarity through theatre management process.

  1. Issue finalization

To prioritize the analyzed issue and select the main issue for dissemination through ranking.

  1. Making the story and Scene

To prepare the theatre story and scene on the facts based on the identified issue/issues through improvisation.

  1. Rationalize the Scene

To justify and make linkage with the prepared scenes through open discussion.

  1. Character Selection

To determine the characters for theatre according to their acting performance through role play and discussion.

 13.        Dialogue making

To make dialogue for the characters through improvisation.

14.        Rehearsal

To make the good presentable theatre for dissemination through improvisation.

 15.        Pre-test show

To identify the gaps & lapses of the theatre production for reforming through presentation & discussion with audience.

  1. Regular show

To present the issue-based theatre before the mass people, issue related power structure, organization & policy maker for raising awareness & creating sensitization.

  1. Discussion with the audience

To know the effectiveness, relevance & necessity of the issues- based Theatre presentation in their community/society.

  1. Committee formation

To encourage the audience to work untidily for solving the issues/problems reflected in the theatre through open discussion.

  1. Evaluation

To assess the positive changes occurred or impact after the theatre dissemination in the selected area through FGD & questionnaire method.

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Theatre in Education

 Aim

To inform and educate children about their rights through visual presentation in an interesting manner.

 Participants

12-16 years age group.

 Facilitation

BITA has developed a core group from its experienced cultural resources who have long been working with Theatre Practice & Presentation team both in production development and performance facilitates Theatre in Education.

Method

Visual presentations like drawing, rhymes, puppet, dances, music, recitation and role play.

Process

  • Baseline Survey
  • Subject Selection
  • Script derived from subject
  • Discussion with children about scripts and sharing their opinion
  • Addition of script and extension
  • Materials selections
  • Utility of using materials
  • Performer selection
  • Rehearsal
  • Pretest
  • Presentation
  • Presentation dissemination planning