Mobilizing the Hordes
Radio Drama as Development Theatre in Sub-Saharan Africa
Publication Year: 2012
Published by: African Books Collective
It is with great personal pleasure that I introduce the reader to this seminal work of Dr. Victor Gomia’s on the cultural possibilities of Development Theatre delivered in the medium of African radio drama. My encounter with Dr. Gomia in August 2005 was an eventful and fortunate one, I think for both of us. While serving as...
Cameroonian Radio Theatre and African Radio Theatre in general are stakeholders in the business of enhancing Participatory Development. If radio theatre serves very generally as a medium of entertainment, it also serves relevantly as a theatre of conscientisation, for it digs into the everyday experiences of the...
List of Abbreviations
Chapter One. Alternative Development Theatre
The question of the role of radio drama as an alternative approach to Development Theatre is the major ideological premise on which this book is based. Radio drama is drama that is written for production through the radio medium. It has its distinct characteristics from Drama that is written for the stage or for television. Unlike the...
Chapter Two. Theoretical Basis and Critical Focus
The problems of adapting existing critical vocabulary to the distinctive artistic characteristics of radio drama partly account for the marginal position accorded the sub-genre by scholarship. In recent years there has been an enormous output of criticism on modern stage drama, but there has been very little informed...
Chapter Three Development Theatre: Progress, Impediments and an Alternative Approach
Understanding the context of theatre in pre-colonial Africa is crucial to the appreciation of the transition that ushers in the New Theatre (or Development Theatre) on the continent. The colonial experience and particularly its economic backbone (colonial capitalism) arbitrarily divided African communities into new social groupings...
Chapter Four African Radio Drama as Theatre for the Multitude
The centrality of radio for reaching and impacting on audiences that are often otherwise difficult to reach is one of the marvels of modern science. People who are socially and geographically isolated are taken out of their isolation by radio broadcasts. In Africa, like most parts of the developing world, community radio14 is the basic and popular...
Chapter Five. Radio Theatre Aesthetics: Engineering Development Initiatives on the Air
Radio Theatre offers a novel phenomenon that corroborates the underlying aim of Development Theatre. Radio produces audiences of sizes hitherto unimaginable; and it gives a new impetus to the traditional theory of crowd-formation and group-thinking. It reduces the relevance of the eyes in social communication and uplifts the role...
Chapter Six Development Discourse in Selected Cameroon Anglophone Radio Plays
There has been no single concern as overriding in the preoccupations and concerns at the collective level of social life on the African continent as the question of development. It is evidently the single most obsessive issue for all governments and ruling elites on the continent. It is difficult to find a government in postcolonial Africa...
Predicated on the hypothetical stance that Cameroonian Radio Theatre (and African Radio Theatre in general) is a viable alternative to Development theatre, we have examined the role radio drama plays in the kind of interaction and action that side with the powerless masses right from its conception. Chapter one established...
Page Count: 294
Publication Year: 2012
OCLC Number: 859672333
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