Research Papers/Topics in Dramatic/Performing/Theatre Arts

A Study of Selected Cinema Houses in Lagos State

ABSTRACT  This research is on Cinema Patronage in Nigeria. It examines its rise and decline taking into consideration the advent of television, videotapes and videocassettes recorder technologies as alternatives to cinema viewership. Nigerians in their majority posses the VCDS/VHS machines and therefore, prefer watching movies in the comfort of their homes. The question is this, inspite of these technologies that have made a change in the movie-viewing experience; do cinema houses still ...

Audience Perception of Some Movies o Multi- Choice

ABSTRACT The thrust of this research work is to assess audience perception of some movies on MultiChoice - a Direct-To-Home satellite pay-television platform in Nigeria • To critically study the perception, eight movies on MultiChoice were selected for analysis, during the month of August 2005, using nine perception ratings. The findings indicate that Direct-To-Home satellite pay-television has a nagative corrupting influence on individuals and society. Parents are, therefore, to ensure th...

Audience Participation in Broadcast Television Programmes in Nigeria: A Study of Nigerian Television Authority's Tuesday Live and African Independent Television Focus Nigeria

ABSTRACT. This study is carried out to ascertain the level of participation among viewers of Nigerian television programs with Nigeria Television Authority's Tuesday Live and African Independent Television Focus Nigeria as case studies. A sample of 20 staff (Production crew) of these stations was used for this research as · well as questionnaires administered as an instrument of data / ./ collection. Efforts were directed at the two governance related programs Tuesday Live and Focus Nigeria...

An Evaluation of Corporate Social Responsibility Communication Strategies In Shell Petroleum Development Company (Spdc), Nigeria.

Abstract Shell Petroleum Development Company is a subsidiary of the global energy and petrochemical company, the Royal Dutch Shell Group, and operates in more than 140 countries. It is one of the largest independent upstream operators! with limited investments in the downstream sector of the Nigerian petroleum industry. It operates through four autonomous companies: Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC), Shell Nigeria Gas (SNG), Shell Nigeria Oil Products (SNOP), and Shell Nigeria Explo...

‘In The Pipeline’: Highlighting Political Propaganda in Ghana Through Drama

ABSTRACT This work is an academic exercise undertaken for my master’s degree – MFA- at the School of Performing Art, University of Ghana. The study examines the phenomenon of political propaganda campaign in contemporary Ghana from the standpoint of drama since 1992. As a playwright, I settled on a play entitled In the Pipeline for my project work. My motivation for such a work derives from personal experience, interviews and observation in Ghana politics; my academic curiosity to analys...

The Vocabulary of Political Drama: The Voice of the Playwright in The Return of Nkrumah

ABSTRACT This is an analysis that sets out to demonstrate by example the treatment of a political subject matter in a play-text that focuses on the art vocabulary with the hope of not sacrificing the content for its form. The independent use of history, poetry, prose, metaphoric and symbolic illustrations are fundamental to several initiatives in the creation of the resultant play The Return of Nkrumah. The dissertation therefore discusses the blunt vocabulary of plays and the findings resul...

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...


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