Research Papers/Topics in Dramatic/Performing/Theatre Arts

Folkloric Motifs in Ibibio Nollywood Movies: A Study of Akpan Ekwong and Ediyie Anwan (Parts 1 and 2)

Oral Literature as an art form is as primordial as human existence. It transcends all races and religions. As an art form, oral literature constitutes the stories, songs, dances, proverbs, riddle, ethics, values, superstitious beliefs, architecture, dressmaking, hairstyle and the totality of the people’s way of life, that is, their culture. Oral literature is largely composed, performed or transmitted orally. This paper examines folkloric motifs in Ibibio movies – a study of Akp...

THE RELEVANCE OF SOUND AND VISUAL AESTHETICS IN PLAY PRODUCTION: A CASE STUDY OF “PRIZED CHICKENS ARE NOT TASTY” BY SAINT GBILEKAA

ABSTRACT  This research work has examined the importance of Sound and Visual aesthetics especially in theatrical productions. It draws the attention of directors to the meaning of Sound and Visual aesthetic in play production in determining the mood of the audience, the beauty and success of the play knowing fully well that the audience have to be involved, if effective communication must be achieved. This research is important especially in the area of re-engineering live theatre patron...

Conflict analysis of the traditional and Western culture a case study of Wole soyinka "Death and the king's horseman

CHAPTER ONE 1.1 BACKGROUND TO THE STUDYThis paper is set to address the conflict between traditional and western culture by analyzing Wole Soyinka’s Death and the King’s Horseman. Culture as a concept has various definitions by scholars and critics in which they gave their view about culture. The excellent definition of culture was provided by the 19th-century English anthropologist Edward Burnett Tylor in the first paragraph of his work, edified Primitive Culture (1871): “Cultu...

DECEIT AND INFIDELITY IN FEMI OSOFISANS MIDNIGHT HOTEL AND FIDDLERS ON A MIDNIG

ABSTRACTThis research examines the concept of deceit and infidelity, the main purpose is to create happy homes by revealing the already known facts about these two concepts; "infidelity and deceit" and brings to our knowledge several hidden facts. It examines two plays; ‘’ Midnight Hotel and Fiddlers On A Midnight Lark’’ by Femi Osofisan, the plays  satirizes the middle class and the political elite who lead morally decadent lives in a climate of a political rascality, the plays ...

Despotism, Ritual Sacrifice and the Unconscious

CHAPTER ONE  INTRODUCTION Literary criticismstartedwiththeGreeks.Aristotle'spoeticsismostlydevotedto drama.Thinkingofliteraturefromastandpointofanartisticorrealisticdepiction ofreality,thenliterarycriticism andliterarytheoryisthestudyofhow we interpretliteraryrepresentationsofreality.Beitfiction and poetry,literary criticism isthestudyoftherepresentationofdifferentworlds.Mosttimes, medievalandclassicalcriticism hadfocusedonreligioustexts,andthediverse longreligioustraditionso...

Gender Dimensions of war: a study of Femi Osofisan's Women of owu

ABSTRACT The gender dimensions of war and in Nigeria is perniciously depicting a devastating trend asare the challenges faced in understanding the gendered dimensions of suffering and shock that isinvolved, as war is invariably pervading lives and every aspect of society. The costs have beenevident as wars are often characterized by large scale displacement, economic loss and death.Evidently in the environment is the disturbing level of psychological bereft and disillusionmentwhich war unl...

The Imperative of socio-political satire in Femi Osofisan's Many Colours Makes Thunder King

TABLE OF CONTENTSTitle page - - - - - - - - iDeclaration - - - - - - - - iiCertification - - - - - - - - iiiAcknowledgement - - - - - - - iv Dedication - - - - - - - vTable of content - - - - - - - viAbstract   - - - - - - - - viiCHAPTER 1INTRODUCTION1.1 Background of the study - - - - - - 11.2 Statement of the problem - - - - - - 21.3 Aim and Objectives - - - - - - 41.4 Significance of the study - - - - - - 41.5 Scope of the study - - - - - - - 5CHAPTER 2LITRATURE REVIEW2.1 T...

EFFECTS OF TONES ON THE SEGMENTAL AND SUPRA-SEGMENTAL FEATURES OF TIV

Tones are a central part of any tone language. The culture of every society or group is imbibed in the language spoken by such a community or group. This research work looks at the influence of tones on the features of Tiv language. The main objective of this research is to look at the effects of tones on the segmental and supra-segmental features of Tivlanguge. The researcher in this work strives to define the concept of tone(s), and reveals the salient features and relatio...

MULTICULTURAL AESTHETICS IN FELIX EGWUDA’S THE PILLARS AND UCHE NWAOZUZU’S THE CANDLES

Abstract This study is a seminal work on the selected plays. It adopts a close reading of the plays to examine the themes of multiculturalism and cultural diversity as aesthetic platforms used individually by the authors to interrogate the roles of ethnic and cultural sentiments in the underdevelopment of the Nigerian nation and how these sentiments continue to challenge efforts at national integration. This paper takes a close look at the creative ingenuity of the authors in terms of t...

The Use of Tribal Marks in Archaeological and Historical Reconstruction: Isale Abandoned Settlement as a Case Study- Odunbaku James

Odunbaku traces the background of the Isale people in this study. According to him, the tribal marks on their face reveal their ancestors are from Oyo even though the people claim to be Egba. It is to this end that he embarks on this research to affirm the use of tribal marks in tracing the root lands of Isale settlement before it was abandoned. This scores Odunbaku an early point in this study by establishing that a major purpose of tribal marks is for cultural identity.

Review of Familusi Olusesan's African Culture and the Status of Women: The Yoruba Example

Familusi addresses the issues concerning African women from a holistic view in this study. He narrates that numerous scholarly studies have portrayed women to be at the receiving end of religion, cultural, political and economic domination. He countered this notion with discovery that women’s encounters in the aforementioned are not entirely true as they enjoy some inalienable benefits in the society. He clamors that the values that infringe against the rights of women be discarded, yet the...

Measured Growth in Theatre and Media Arts Department of Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, Nigeria

The Department of Theatre and Media Arts, Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma (DTMA-AAU) took off as Theatre Arts Department in the 1996/1997 academic session as a unit under the Department of English. Since then no historical evaluation or critical study has been carried out on it with regard to quality assurance or service delivery in the areas of teaching, learning and research as a rib of humanistic study. Given such a scenario, certain facts may be lost to history and fundamental ...

Extra-Theatrical Functions of Igbabonelimhin Music and Dance of the Esan

Ceremonial activities abound in traditional African societies whose functions are still very much germane to contemporary milieus in Nigeria and elsewhere. These ceremonies are often accompanied with much music and dance and, of course, music and dance constitute an integral part of masquerade performance. Several studies have been done on Igbabonelimhin as a masquerade performance, especially in relation to its potentiality for geriatric and entertainment purposes. This present ef...

Politics and End of Culture in African Society: Power Play in Mainframe’s Saworoide

Culture is  a home where the rules and regulations, modus operandi analysing the functional and operational units of a society resides. It is validated by the agreement of members to permeate their rights and obligations in the development of the social structure. The crux of this matter is that how political framings are introduced into the society is premised on the groundwork of communal understanding, organized thought processes, control of the affairs and resources of the entire soc...

Loneliness In Children: The Impact of Drama for Social Change

In 2018, Childline announced that it had carried out more than 4000 counselling sessions in one year for children. The Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness has since found that one in 10 pre-school children feel lonely, along with one in five 7-12 years old and four in five adolescents. (Walker, 2018). Irrespective of the age, class and status, the mental well-being of every child must be handled as very important as their physical health. From studies, loneliness is not an obvious disorder that i...

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