Township theatre-making as a developmental tool for Khayelitsha youth : an applied theatre study from an ethnographic perspective

dc.contributor.advisorMorris, Gayen_ZA
dc.contributor.authorMbele, Ongezwaen_ZA
dc.date.accessioned2015-08-15T05:33:08Z
dc.date.available2015-08-15T05:33:08Z
dc.date.issued2015en_ZA
dc.description.abstractThis dissertation examines the theatre making process of a youth theatre group in Khayelitsha called Qina n Divas. It considers why and how this theatre making process is a youth development tool within the ambit of applied theatre. The study is partly driven by my memories and experiences of growing up in a township, as well as applied theatre aims, which are to use theatre to address social issues and honor the participants’ ways of using theatre to address their issues. I examine how the Qina n Divas young people, who are growing up in an environment that challenges their development, use theatre making as a way of reviewing and revaluing their lives. I identify and examine the various systems that influence the youth’s lives and that limit their use of theatre as a liberation tool in that the theatre making is a rehearsal of their issues rather than becoming a means of interrogating the issues. As I am immersed in the township context I also reflect on my involvement and how I unintentionally became part of the problem, which limits the youth’s development. My position of being an applied theatre practitioner and researcher is informed by my Xhosa cultural identity, my Zulu schooling and my English-speaking higher education, which also influenced my relationship with the youth. In the research process, the young people and I exchanged several theatre making methods. The theatre making explored themes of bullying, rape, environmental issues, parental love and abandonment, which revealed the youth’s emotions and thoughts about these themes. In spite of the above-mentioned limitations, I propose that theatre making allows the youth to use their imaginations to construct their identity in a partly secure space and to journey beyond the township to the Cape Town suburbs. The theatre practice induces a sense of hope amongst the youth and allows them to voice the issues that matter to them.en_ZA
dc.identifier.apacitationMbele, O. (2015). <i>Township theatre-making as a developmental tool for Khayelitsha youth : an applied theatre study from an ethnographic perspective</i>. (Thesis). University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Humanities ,Department of Drama. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/11427/13769en_ZA
dc.identifier.chicagocitationMbele, Ongezwa. <i>"Township theatre-making as a developmental tool for Khayelitsha youth : an applied theatre study from an ethnographic perspective."</i> Thesis., University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Humanities ,Department of Drama, 2015. http://hdl.handle.net/11427/13769en_ZA
dc.identifier.citationMbele, O. 2015. Township theatre-making as a developmental tool for Khayelitsha youth : an applied theatre study from an ethnographic perspective. University of Cape Town.en_ZA
dc.identifier.ris TY - Thesis / Dissertation AU - Mbele, Ongezwa AB - This dissertation examines the theatre making process of a youth theatre group in Khayelitsha called Qina n Divas. It considers why and how this theatre making process is a youth development tool within the ambit of applied theatre. The study is partly driven by my memories and experiences of growing up in a township, as well as applied theatre aims, which are to use theatre to address social issues and honor the participants’ ways of using theatre to address their issues. I examine how the Qina n Divas young people, who are growing up in an environment that challenges their development, use theatre making as a way of reviewing and revaluing their lives. I identify and examine the various systems that influence the youth’s lives and that limit their use of theatre as a liberation tool in that the theatre making is a rehearsal of their issues rather than becoming a means of interrogating the issues. As I am immersed in the township context I also reflect on my involvement and how I unintentionally became part of the problem, which limits the youth’s development. My position of being an applied theatre practitioner and researcher is informed by my Xhosa cultural identity, my Zulu schooling and my English-speaking higher education, which also influenced my relationship with the youth. In the research process, the young people and I exchanged several theatre making methods. The theatre making explored themes of bullying, rape, environmental issues, parental love and abandonment, which revealed the youth’s emotions and thoughts about these themes. In spite of the above-mentioned limitations, I propose that theatre making allows the youth to use their imaginations to construct their identity in a partly secure space and to journey beyond the township to the Cape Town suburbs. The theatre practice induces a sense of hope amongst the youth and allows them to voice the issues that matter to them. DA - 2015 DB - OpenUCT DP - University of Cape Town LK - https://open.uct.ac.za PB - University of Cape Town PY - 2015 T1 - Township theatre-making as a developmental tool for Khayelitsha youth : an applied theatre study from an ethnographic perspective TI - Township theatre-making as a developmental tool for Khayelitsha youth : an applied theatre study from an ethnographic perspective UR - http://hdl.handle.net/11427/13769 ER - en_ZA
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11427/13769
dc.identifier.vancouvercitationMbele O. Township theatre-making as a developmental tool for Khayelitsha youth : an applied theatre study from an ethnographic perspective. [Thesis]. University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Humanities ,Department of Drama, 2015 [cited yyyy month dd]. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/11427/13769en_ZA
dc.language.isoengen_ZA
dc.publisher.departmentDepartment of Dramaen_ZA
dc.publisher.facultyFaculty of Humanitiesen_ZA
dc.publisher.institutionUniversity of Cape Town
dc.subject.otherApplied Drama and Theatre Studiesen_ZA
dc.titleTownship theatre-making as a developmental tool for Khayelitsha youth : an applied theatre study from an ethnographic perspectiveen_ZA
dc.typeMaster Thesis
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