Research Papers/Topics in Dramatic/Performing/Theatre Arts

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...

The Role Of Litungu Player In The Bukusu Community Of Western Kenya

ABSTRACT Musicians in many African traditional communities have been regarded as important resource persons because of the role they play in entertaining their communities. Seemingly times are changing, and the role of the musician, the Litungu player (Omukhupetungu) in this case, is gradually losing value. The study therefore sought to carry out an ethnographic study on the Omukhupetungu with a focus on ascertaining the significance of his role in the Bukusu community. A study on the r...

Narrative Dispositions Of Non-Verbal Elements Of Sound Design In Selected Kenyan Drama Films

ABSTRACTAesthetic creativity in the manipulation of technical elements of image and sound in a film lies at the heart of storytelling in cinema. As such, it is the aim of this study to interrogate critically how the film story is exposed, advanced, and narrated by non-verbal elements of sound design, namely film score, sound effects, ambience and silence, and how that can therefore be translated into intrinsic narrative characteristics of non-verbal sounds in film. Anchored on structuralism a...

The Invention And (Re) Configuration Of Space In Selected Kenyan Television Dramas

vABSTRACTThe study interrogates the invention and (re)configuration of space as a social construct in Kenyan television drama. While focusing on selected local television dramas; Mheshimiwa, Mother-in-law and Tabasamu, the study examines manifestations of space, and how characters contest, and (re)configure emergent spaces in the contemporary society. The first television drama aired on Kenya Television Network (KTN) whereas the second and third air on Citizen Television. The study investigat...

A Study Of The Subject Of National Healing And Reconciliation In Selected Plays At The Kenya National Drama Festival 2008-2010.

ABSTRACTUtilizing Kenya Schools and Colleges’ Drama Festival theatre space, this study investigates the use of theatre as a strategy for healing and reconciliation in the aftermath of conflict. On the assumption that plays performed at the festival are mimetic of real life, this study purposivelysampled four plays performed between 2008 and 2010 in relation to calls for healing and reconciliation following Kenya’s 2007/2008 post-election violence. The performance-texts are Messiah (2008) ...

Construction Of The Theme Of Drugs And Substance Abuse In The Play Genre At The Kenya Schools And Colleges Drama Festival, 2013-2015.

ABSTRACTThe Kenya National Drama Festival Committee usually enters into a sponsorshipagreement with other institutions to help in disseminating certain messages throughdrama. One of these bodies is NACADA (National Agency for the Campaign againstDrug and Substance and Alcohol Abuse). NACADA has sponsored a number ofeditions of the Festival in the hope that participants will be sensitized through theperformances on the need for demand reduction and supply suppression of alcohol anddrugs....

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...


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