This study is a comparative analysis of Brecht's theory of presentational theatrical
production with the Tiv Kwagh-hir theatre showing both the similarities and differences.
Broadly speaking, both the Brechtian Epic theatre and the Kwagh-hir theatre share the
same approach to production. The Kwagh-hir as paradigm for the African traditional
theatre shows that from time immemorial productions follow the Brechtian presentational
style of production because it is essentially a story telling theatre and like the name itself
implies 'magical things'. It is alleged that Brecht may have studied traditional African
Style of production in his sojourn to Africa and had gone back home to document it
without giving credit to the continent.
To arrive at meaningful findings the researcher has done a critical content
analysis of the duo theatres as well as conduct interviews. This has helped to show that
both theatres share many similarities including the narrative technique, the episodic
nature of the arrangement of events, alienating effects, presentation of materials where
the actor distances himself from his role among others. Also, the study has recorded
some notable differences thus; The Kwagh-hir is almost dialogue free as compared to
Brechtian epic theatre that is full of dialogue in addition to the indisputable fact that the
Kwagh-hir theatre is improvised up to the moment of this study. Its performance is oral
and elements of dialogue are seen only when the Orshuwa or Master of Ceremony
offers commentary on the stage action. Other differences include the fact that Kwagh-hir
has not embraced the universal language of the English with a standing orchestra while
Brecht's uses the universal language but does not have a standing orchestra among
The study has therefore concluded that Kwagh-hir possesses most qualities of
the Brechtian Epic theatre with the affore mentioned differences thus meeting the
;quirements to be regarded as theatre.
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TYOAKULAJOSEPH, ANDE . "The Brechtian Theatre And The Kwagh-Hir African Production Style: Convergences And Divergences" Afribary (2021). Accessed March 31, 2023. https://afribary.com/works/the-brechtian-theatre-and-the-kwagh-hir-african-production-style-convergences-and-divergences-1