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Saturday, June 15 • 5:00pm - 6:30pm
My Image, My Conscience, My Story: Image Theatre as a Gateway Between Silence and Blast LIMITED

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Program Description: This is a session paper presentation which seeks scruitiny and suggestions for its betterment for publication in the PTO Journal.

Abstract: In the last few decades Africa has seen an upsurge of the use of applied theatre in addressing community issues. In Ghana’s own case, two recent past presidents of the republic recognised in their inaugural speeches (January, 2009 and January, 2013), the potential of Applied Theatre and their thirst to patronise in its use to address community issues, during their terms of office, making applied theatre popular among Ghanaians. Unfortunately, the few theatre practitioners in Ghana who have used applied theatre have focused, mostly, on its use for sensitisation and awareness creation campaigns through plays and post-performance discussion. This paper discusses how other aspects of applied theatre could be used for intervention purposes for personal and community development in Ghana. In this presentation, Augusto Boal’s Image Theatre which was used as an investigation tool to break the silence among irregular migrants in Ghana on issues of social justice, in connection with irregular migration will be used as a case study. The study found that image theatre has high potential of fetching information from research participants in Ghana without coercion or luring but in a most agreeable manner.

Challenging Questions
1. What is the place of Testimonial Theatre in Theatre of the Oppressed
2. Can Image Theatre be used as a research tool?


Dr. Felicia Owusu-Ansah

Professor, University of Ghana
Currently a Lecturer at the Theatre Arts Department of the University of Ghana, Dr Felicia Owusu-Ansah teaches Theatre for Development, Community Theatre, Research Methods, Theatre History among others. She is an applied Theatre Scholar whose research interest and practice focus include... Read More →

Saturday June 15, 2019 5:00pm - 6:30pm MDT
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