Ukwubile Steve Arome asked 2 years ago

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Please, I need full explanation of “Drama and the development of rural communities

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Loveth answered 2 years ago

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Altenbern and Lewis (1966) define Drama as “a narrative art, one of several modes in which mankind has learned to present a story” for the purpose of providing pleasure and entertainment. On the other hand, Fowler, ed. (1973) defines drama as a representational art which solely “depends on actors and audience”. The argument goes further that drama had through the ages been ascribed the status of a special type of poem that is rendered on the stage through the mechanism of acting, production, scenery, effects (Fowler, 1973). As an art form, drama mirrors or reflects life, with its focus on human beings (Wilson, 1998).Also, as a living communal art, drama “is a work of storytelling in which actors represent the characters…it is addressed not to readers but to spectators” (Kennedy and Gioia, 2002).This position seems to underscore McCaslin’s (1990) thesis that, “All theatre involves participation the moment the attention is captured. An audience feels, thinks, laughs, applauds, and occasionally speaks out….”
Development on the other hand is the end product of the success of advocacy. Citing contemporary paradigm shift, Agber (2002) opines that development should be considered “from the perspective of improvement in the quality of life of a group of people”.
With the contemporary paradigm shift in the notion and practice ofdevelopment efforts as departure from the anachronistic ‘top-down’ approach to the now popular and acceptable ‘down-up’ participation stratagem, the rural populace must be seen to be carried along in all stages of development efforts. In fact, as both the stakeholders and beneficiaries, the people should be made to initiate their own project needs and follow all the stages of implementation through to completion and maintenance for sustainability and derivable values and benefits. To facilitate this objective, a clearing ground must be established. This ground therefore is the preparedness of the rural people to embrace and accept new innovations and ideas that affect their
lives. This is where drama comes in as an agency for advocacy, mobilization, and conscientization through the efforts of non-governmental organizations which must seek to work in tandem with the rural communities. 
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