Research Papers/Topics in Dramatic/Performing/Theatre Arts

The Trajectories of Bond-Servant and Slavery in Old Calabar: A Postcolonial reading of Jeta Amata’s Amazing Grace and Etubom Effiwatt’s Ofin Ekedi Eyen

AbstractThe notion of the bond-servant, which is often construed as domestic slavery, existed in Old Calabar before the arrival of the European slave merchants. Old Calabar was a prominent sea port city on the Atlantic coast during the slave trade period. With its rich hinterland, a virile population and good anchorage, it offered many attractions to traders of various ethnic-nationalities; one of which was the bond-servant. This situation allowed that a person becomes a...

Women and the Niger Delta Crises: Ahmed Yerima's Social Vision in Little Drops

The crises facing the Niger Delta Region of Nigeria have been represented by Nigerian dramatist in various works. Educing from the focus of Ahmed Yerima in Little Drops, this paper conceptualises the tragedy faced mostly by women of the Niger Delta region due to objectification, gender socialization and societal inequality. The play reechoes the pains of neglect, underdevelopment and the painful results of agitation; highlighting also the pains of displacement, involuntary disappearanc...

Female Representation and Objectification in Zulu Sofola’s The Sweet Trap

The paper analyses the portrayal of the female gender in Sofola’s The Sweet Trap. Particular reference is made on women representation and objectification in the selected play. The overriding focal thrust of the play is the supremacy of tradition and the foregrounding of female agitation for a complementary relationship with their male counterparts. The play does little or nothing to break the patriarchal barrier imposed on the exercise of right by women even as Sofola weaves thro...

Sam Ukala’s Perspective of Cultural Collision and Tragic Vision in Iredi War

This paper draws on Sam Ukala treatment of tragic vision and cultural collision in Iredi War. It seeks to create an insight into the dynamic of tragic conflicts and conceptualize precisely the cultural entanglement in the play. In Ukala‘s Iredi War there is an obvious dominance of the tragic mode, considering that the play depicts the essence and existence of cross-cultural communication and differences in an unpredictably uncertain environ. It also depict the dynamism, complexity...

Miscommunication and EnGENDERed Spaces in Nigerian Digital Performances

The Nigerian theatre now transcends the physical space to the virtual sphere manifesting as digital performances. Within this virtual space is an over lapping layer of mediatized performances which are reinforced in a number of ways. Interestingly, the performances accommodate overwhelming references to the female gender and there exists mis/communication of perceived bias and prejudices against women. This essay critically analyses some of these digital performances through the len...

Keya Chakraborty - A Dramatic Life Led

Keya Chakraborty (1942-1977) was one of the brightest stars in Bengali Theatre (during the 60s and 70s) who also was one of the very few women stalwarts in the performance space. Her sudden and untimely death while shooting a film was one of the most controversial events in the theatre circuit which attracted several eyeballs.She was the leading lady of Theatre Group, Nandikar founded by Ajitesh Bandopadhyay and appeared in some of their famous plays such as Tin Poisar Pala, Bhalomanush...

GENDER PORTRAYAL IN EDUFA AND IN THE CHEST OF A WOMAN

ABSTRACT This work examines gender portrayal in Edufa by Efua Theodora Sutherland and In the Chest of a Woman by Efo Kodjo Mawugbe both of whom are of blessed memory. It considers Sutherland as the mother of modern Ghanaian Drama and Mawugbe as an icon of Ghanaian Drama; assessing their contributions and achievements as playwrights and dramatists in Ghana. An in-depth analysis of the plays was carried out to ascertain the conflicts and messages imbedded in them. The study was based ...

Participatory Film As A Tool For Social Change Among Drugs And Substance Users In Kiambu County, Kenya

ABSTRACT Drugs and substance use in Kenya has reached crisis levels. Kiambu County has been especially cited as a hotspot for this catastrophe. Whereas different stakeholders have responded to this vice through legislative, legal and social methods, its persistence suggests a need to rethink the methods of mitigating this problem and their efficacy. This is precisely the justification for this study that examined the use of participatory film as an alternative tool for motivating social...

Utilization Of Dramatic Elements In Delineating Human Interaction In Selected Drama Of Francis Imbuga And John Ruganda

ABSTRACTThis study focuses on the utilisation of dramatic elements in the delineation of human interaction in six plays of Francis Imbuga and John Ruganda. The study is motivated by the perceived lacuna in the body of knowledge on the utilization of dramatic elements in the rendering of this thematic concern in the selected plays of Imbuga and Ruganda. The study seeks to investigate the intersection between dramatic elements and the way relationships in the society are presented in the six se...

Impact of Curriculum Review Policies on Music Teaching and Learning: Case of Public Primary Schools in Kiambu County, Kenya 1999-2019

ABSTRACTThe place of music in the Kenyan curriculum of education has for long not been assured as a result of curriculum review and changes. In order to understand how Kenya’s Curriculum Review Policies have impacted the stakeholders in the Public Primary Schools, this study examined the influence of Kenyan education policy and commissions of inquiry into the education system on the attitude /perception on the teaching and learning of Music as a subject in public primary schools in Kenya. T...

Transformative Conflict Resolution Using Forum Theatre: The Jos North, Nigeria Flash Point Paradigm

ABSTRACTViolent conflict in Jos North, Plateau State, Nigeria, like other parts of the world, has become a serious concern creating a rift in human relations. This study therefore seeks to explore, in Theatre for Development (TFD), the techniques of Boal’s Forum Theatre (FT) in bringing about peaceful resolution in Jos, Plateau State. The study explores the philosophical thrust of forum theatre to improve on the existing process of utilizing the challenges and strat...

Catholic Centredness In Selected Plays Presented At Kenya National Catholic Drama And Music Festivals, 2015

ABSTRACTThe Kenya National Catholic Youth Drama and Music festival is an annual festival whose idea was mooted in the year 2000 by the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops. It is an event whose theme is derived from the Pope's message to the youth and then customized to fit the Kenyan situation. The main purpose of this event is to motivate the young people into the work of evangelization using their creativity. Cognizant of the fact that young people are the majority in every congregation, t...

Analysis Of Narrative Form In Three Kenyan Fiction Video Films

ABSTRACT Research has identified poor quality and unprofessionalism as factors that limit the appeal of Kenyan video films (Kenya Film Commission, Audience Consumer Trends Survey, 2010). This study investigates the problems that Kenyan films face in trying to “break down the wall preventing Kenyan films from being shown and celebrated beyond Kenyan borders” (Justine Edwards, 2008, p. 2). It does this through an analysis of three video fiction films by three local filmmakers: Wa...

African Art Songs In Nairobi: Investigating Musical Idiomatic Expressions In Performance Practice

ABSTRACT The purpose of this project was to investigate musical idiomatic expressions in the performance of African art songs in Nairobi. The interest of the study came up after a voice recital was presented, and a variety of African and Western art songs were performed, but there was no clear distinction between the performance of the African and Western art songs. A cross section of the audience was in essence left wondering what could then define performance practice of an African ar...

Substance And Structure Of Animation Films In Kenya: A Study Of Selected Films

ABSTRACT This study investigates the substance and structure of animation films in Kenya. Specifically it focuses on thematic analysis of Kenyan animation films narratives representations through artistic styles, using techniques like mise-en-scene, montage, narrative styles, non-diegesis, and diegesis. The analysis focused on communicative artistic form and dominant themes of social, political and cultural issues addressed by Kenyan animators, writers, and producers. The analysis of an...


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