Exploring social identity through theatre : an examination of the process of creating Jingle Dreams with youth in the coloured community of Clanwilliam

 

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dc.contributor.advisor Morris, Gay en_ZA
dc.contributor.author De Bruyn, Lavona en_ZA
dc.date.accessioned 2014-12-28T14:58:38Z
dc.date.available 2014-12-28T14:58:38Z
dc.date.issued 2008 en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation De Bruyn, L. 2008. Exploring social identity through theatre : an examination of the process of creating Jingle Dreams with youth in the coloured community of Clanwilliam. University of Cape Town. en_ZA
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11427/10391
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (leaves 58-62). en_ZA
dc.description.abstract This dissertation examines the process of creating Jingle Dreams with the youth in Clanwilliam. It aims to ascertain whether the processes of Community Theatre drama create opportunities for the individuals in the identified community to explore a social identity influenced by historical legacy, heritage, memory (or absence thereof) and socio-economic environment. The intention of the dissertation is influenced by the Applied Drama mission to benefit individuals, communities and societies through artistic forms of intervention such as dramatic activities, theatre directing, mediation and discussions. I will examine how the processes and the performative qualities of drama and theatre have the potential to transform individuals and society. Community Theatre creates the space for young people to share and question common experiences of life. This ensures that marginalised voices are heard which has psychological and social benefits for the participants. The dissertation proposes to interrogate how young people revealed their social identity through the narrative structure, dialogue, stereotypes and symbols in Jingle Dreams. I have been strongly motivated by the work of Augusto Boal which was the source of a large part of the dramatic processes. In the research process, the young people belonging to The Community Networking Creative Arts Group were encouraged to find their own forms of artistic, cultural and theatrical expression. During the rehearsal process, the group improvised and developed many scenes which reflected issues such as alcoholism, drug abuse, domestic violence and intergenerational tension. The narrative of the performance was based both on their stories and on stories from their community. It reflected their circumstances, their struggles, their hopes and their dreams. Theatre devised in community situations reflects concern with the representation of memory, and participants are invited to recognise that autobiographical narratives have social, communitarian and historical significance, as well as personal relevance. Performers drew on their own experiences to devise the scenes. This process often emphasised how the boundaries between truth and fiction are blurred. The lack of a clear distinction between fact and art facilitated the revelation, exploration and contestation of social identity. en_ZA
dc.language.iso eng en_ZA
dc.subject.other Applied Drama and Theatre Studies en_ZA
dc.title Exploring social identity through theatre : an examination of the process of creating Jingle Dreams with youth in the coloured community of Clanwilliam en_ZA
dc.type Master Thesis
uct.type.publication Research en_ZA
uct.type.resource Thesis en_ZA
dc.publisher.institution University of Cape Town
dc.publisher.faculty Faculty of Humanities en_ZA
dc.publisher.department Department of Drama en_ZA
dc.type.qualificationlevel Masters
dc.type.qualificationname MA en_ZA
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dc.identifier.apacitation De Bruyn, L. (2008). <i>Exploring social identity through theatre : an examination of the process of creating Jingle Dreams with youth in the coloured community of Clanwilliam</i>. (Thesis). University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Humanities ,Department of Drama. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/11427/10391 en_ZA
dc.identifier.chicagocitation De Bruyn, Lavona. <i>"Exploring social identity through theatre : an examination of the process of creating Jingle Dreams with youth in the coloured community of Clanwilliam."</i> Thesis., University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Humanities ,Department of Drama, 2008. http://hdl.handle.net/11427/10391 en_ZA
dc.identifier.vancouvercitation De Bruyn L. Exploring social identity through theatre : an examination of the process of creating Jingle Dreams with youth in the coloured community of Clanwilliam. [Thesis]. University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Humanities ,Department of Drama, 2008 [cited yyyy month dd]. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/11427/10391 en_ZA
dc.identifier.ris TY - Thesis / Dissertation AU - De Bruyn, Lavona AB - This dissertation examines the process of creating Jingle Dreams with the youth in Clanwilliam. It aims to ascertain whether the processes of Community Theatre drama create opportunities for the individuals in the identified community to explore a social identity influenced by historical legacy, heritage, memory (or absence thereof) and socio-economic environment. The intention of the dissertation is influenced by the Applied Drama mission to benefit individuals, communities and societies through artistic forms of intervention such as dramatic activities, theatre directing, mediation and discussions. I will examine how the processes and the performative qualities of drama and theatre have the potential to transform individuals and society. Community Theatre creates the space for young people to share and question common experiences of life. This ensures that marginalised voices are heard which has psychological and social benefits for the participants. The dissertation proposes to interrogate how young people revealed their social identity through the narrative structure, dialogue, stereotypes and symbols in Jingle Dreams. I have been strongly motivated by the work of Augusto Boal which was the source of a large part of the dramatic processes. In the research process, the young people belonging to The Community Networking Creative Arts Group were encouraged to find their own forms of artistic, cultural and theatrical expression. During the rehearsal process, the group improvised and developed many scenes which reflected issues such as alcoholism, drug abuse, domestic violence and intergenerational tension. The narrative of the performance was based both on their stories and on stories from their community. It reflected their circumstances, their struggles, their hopes and their dreams. Theatre devised in community situations reflects concern with the representation of memory, and participants are invited to recognise that autobiographical narratives have social, communitarian and historical significance, as well as personal relevance. Performers drew on their own experiences to devise the scenes. This process often emphasised how the boundaries between truth and fiction are blurred. The lack of a clear distinction between fact and art facilitated the revelation, exploration and contestation of social identity. DA - 2008 DB - OpenUCT DP - University of Cape Town LK - https://open.uct.ac.za PB - University of Cape Town PY - 2008 T1 - Exploring social identity through theatre : an examination of the process of creating Jingle Dreams with youth in the coloured community of Clanwilliam TI - Exploring social identity through theatre : an examination of the process of creating Jingle Dreams with youth in the coloured community of Clanwilliam UR - http://hdl.handle.net/11427/10391 ER - en_ZA


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