Research Papers/Topics in Dramatic/Performing/Theatre Arts

An Investigation into the deregulation of Zimbabwe’s media laws and its impact to the development of the film industry

ABSTRACTThe study is an investigation into the deregulation of Zimbabwe‘s media laws and its impact to the development of the film industry. Investigating on a deregulated media industry allows the study to reveal how the current media laws are suppressive and restrictive to film making activities in the country. Thus, the study critically explains how laws like the Censorship and Entertainments Act, Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act, Broadcasting and Service Act and Publi...

An investigation into the growth and use of computer graphics and animation in Zimbabwe: Present and Future Prospects

ABSTRACTComputer graphics and animation has emerged as a strong competitor in the film making arena with the advent technical world Zimbabwe has also had a taste of the fast digitalised satellite television that is DSTV. Film making and television programming in Zimbabwe has also experienced an evolution with the introduction of satellite television in that most people are now accustomed to trendy genres to view. This study is mainly focusing on finding out whether or not computer graphics an...

The Portrayal Of Black Women By Zimbabwean Female Playwrights: The Case Of In The Continuum, Who Said I Don’t Want To Dance And She No Longer Weeps

Abstract This research investigates the portrayal of women by female Zimbabwean playwrights from different socio-historical backgrounds. The works that are analysed are Who said I don‟t Want to Dance, by Thembelihle Moyo, Tsitsi Dangarembga‟s She No Longer Weeps and Danai Gurira‟s collaboration with Nikkole Salter in In the Continuum. Analysis of Salter‟s female characters are presented in order to emphasise the universality of Black women‟s experiences; and to highlight the d...

An interogation into the influence of patriarchy on the representation of women in zimbabwean films. The case of daves guzha’s “sinners” and tsitsi dangarembga’s i want a wedding dress

ABSTRACT Film is a potent tool of communication with a large potential to cement or unsettle social relationships. The study focused on an interrogation into the influence of patriarchy to the representation of women in Zimbabwean films. Sinners by Daves Guzha and I want a wedding dress by Tsitsi Dangarembga were analysed. A qualitative research approach was done to ascertain whether such influence on the representation empowers or disempowers women. The study also examined the possible...

Community Theatre as a Tool For Social change: The Case amakhosi Productions- “Don’t –ungaqali” and “Stop”

ABSTRACT The study examines the use of community theatre as an effective tool for social change compared to other forms of theatre. It focuses on the influence of theatre to the audiences. The study made use of two theatrical plays produced by Amakhosi Theatre as reference in evaluating the ability of community theatre in changing people‟s mindsets, attitudes, behaviors and perceptions for the improvement of Zimbabwean communities. Thus the research purposes was to explore how communi...

Sequencing Of Music Syllabus Content And Its Implications On Continuity And Progression In Learning At Secondary School, Kakamega County, Kenya

ABSTRACTIt is axiomatic that a young person‘s experience of education should be coherent, continuous and progressive. This can be achieved when the syllabus content layering provides continuity and progression in learning. Many countries and governments like England, Scotland, Australia, United States, Finland and South Africa have made efforts to achieve continuity and progression in learning in general and also in particular subjects. This required the aforementioned nations to reorganize...

An Investigation Into The Origins And Manifestation Of Piracy In The Zimbabwean Film Industry

ABSTRACT The Zimbabwean film industry is a troubled industry and one of the factors hindering its growth and development is piracy. The proliferation of this practice has resulted in the underdevelopment of the industry to the extent that some critics now believe that there is no film industry. This study critically investigates the origins and manifestation of piracy in the Zimbabwean film industry. Most people have a shallow understanding of the term piracy and they have little knowled...

Social media video clips as social commentary in southern and east Africa: A Case Study of Admire kuzhangaira, Rolland Lunga, Kansiime Anne and pepukai zvemari.

ABSTRACT A lot has been done to show the socio-economic and political issues affecting the Southern and East African societies up to the present day through various forms of media. The aim of this study is interrogate the site of social media video clips as social commentary in Southern Africa and East Africa and the main objectives is to identify the themes as well as interrogate how the themes were effectively interrogated the other objectives was to identify the techniques used t...

An assessment of the impact of make up in film productions. My experiences during work related learning from february 2016 to november 2016.

ABSTRACT The study exposes the challenges which are being faced after the implementation of debt cancellation in Mutare. The research was conducted in Mutare urban with the aim of assessing how debt cancellation has contributed in the fall of service delivery. The objective of this study is to examine the effects of debt cancellation on service delivery in Mutare and coming up with strategies in order to cope up against the effects of debt cancellation. As a way of fulfilling this, ques...

Interrogation Of Gender Dynamics In Pornoraphic Films: A Case Study Of Tarzan X Shame Of Jane, Kelly’s Public Disgrace And 50 Shades Of Grey Xxx Adaption

ABSTRACTThe Research Thesis has the aim of interrogating gender dynamics in pornographic films. The research focuses on masculine characteristics, feminine characteristics, masculine and feminine relationships and film techniques used and their effect. The study will interrogate these gender dynamics in three films which are Kelly’s Public Disgrace by kink, Tarzan X Shame of Jane and Fifty Shades of Grey XXX Adaption. Qualitative research methodology was used to carry out the research. Libe...

Regional Perspectives Of Resistance And Freedom In Selected Films: A Case Study Of 12 Years A Slave (2013), Sarafina (1992) And Three Idiots (2009)

ABSTRACTThis study sought to establish and interrogate the perspectives of resistance and freedom in films using 12 Years a Slave (2013), a film directed by Steven McQueen, Sarafina (1992), a film directed by Roodt and Three Idiots (2009) directed by Rajkumar Hirani. The research reveals that films serve not only to entertain but to expose hegemonic powers in different societies and ideologies to fight against cruel domination. The films not only depicted freedom from slavery and colonialism ...

An Analysis Of The Role Of Costume And Make-Up In Horror Films: A Case Study Of ‘The Hills Have Eyes’ (2006)

ABSTRACTThe study focused on analysing and finding out the importance of the role of costume andmakeup in horror film making with particular focus on the horror film, ‘The Hills Have Eyes’which was directed by Alexandra Aja in the year 2006. Findings of the study show howcostume and makeup are important in film making and how they can also be used to enhanceand convey film meaning in the horror genre. Theories like semiotics and audience receptionwere appointed in the study in order to sh...

The Role Of Political And Social Satire In South Africa Through Stand Up Comedy Case Study Of Trevor Noah‟S Comedies,That‟S Racist (2012),Crazy Normal (2011) And Day Walker(2009).

ABSTRACTThis thesis seeks to address the role of satire in stand-up comedy in exposing socio-political issues and injustices. The study used the semiotics theory which primarily studies on the significance of signs and symbols in conveying meaning, the semiotic theory worked hand in hand in complementing one another with the audience receptive theory which explores how individuals interpret the same text conveyed within a performance. Through humour comedians can say anything political sarcas...

Rethinking Film And Race: The Representation Of Black Woman In Two Western Films ‘Django Unchained’ (2012) And ‘The Help’ (2011)

AbstractThe aim of the study was to explore the frames used in the representation of black women in two western films namely ‘The Help’ (2011) and ‘Django Unchained’ (2012). A qualitative research approach was used and data was collected through Questionnaires, Archival research and personal Observations methods. The study was also informed by Framing and Audience Reception theories. The study found out that black women are depicted as slaves and domestic workers working under white m...


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