PERFORMING ARTS FOR HIV/AIDS COMMUNICATION

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Publication 1-year master student thesis
Title PERFORMING ARTS FOR HIV/AIDS COMMUNICATION
Author(s) Mugira, Fredrick
Date 2008
English abstract
Basing on drama theory, social learning theory and activation theory of information exposure among others, this thesis set out to explore the effectiveness of live drama as a communication tool for raising young people’s awareness about HIV/AIDS and to draw conclusions in terms of strength and weakness. This thesis used a case study of DramAidE organization in KwaZulu Natal province of South Africa which has since 1992 been using participatory drama and other interactive educational methodologies to control the spread of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in especially KwaZulu Natal province which has the highest HIV prevalence rate in the country. Data collection methods ranging from in-depth interviews, focus group discussions, E-mail interviews, real life case studies, direct observations to desk reviews were employed to collect data. The findings depicted live drama as a creative, interactive and fun way to raise young people’s awareness about HIV/AIDS. It was found out that Live Drama is participatory, uses both word and emotion and combines entertainment to educate and communicate highly sensitive information. This makes it an ideal communication tool that easily attracts the young people’s attention, helps them to personalize the risk of HIV/AIDS and participate in finding their solutions to this problem. On the other hand, it was discovered that though live drama is highly effective in raising young people’s awareness about HIV/AIDS, it is disadvantageous because its performance might be limited due to the facilities, bad weather and the environment. Development of drama and preparation of performance takes long time, it is expensive to buy costumes and live drama might cause the audience to try to practice some of the bad ideas they watch.
Publisher Malmö högskola/Konst, kultur, kommunikation, K3
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) Performing arts
HIV/AIDS communication
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/6489 (link to this page)

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