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Rehearsing for Life: Theatre for Social Change in Nepal

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Title:Rehearsing for Life: Theatre for Social Change in Nepal


Author:Monica Mottin

Publisher:Cambridge University Press

Publish Year:2018

Edition:First Edition

Cover:Hard Back

Subject:Nepal | Nepal Politics | Nepal War and Conflict


Remarks:B&W Photographs, Bibliography, Acknowledgements, List of Tables, Figures and Boxes and Index.


Size:160 x 135 mm


Price:USD 14.45

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  • This work examines the production and performance of theatrical activities aimed at bringing about social change in both development and political intervention in Nepal. If everyday social problems can be both represented and challenged through drama-based performances, then what differentiates street theatre performed in planned development from street theatre performed within social and political movements? This multi-sited ethnography attempts to answer this question by following the works of Aarohan Theatre – a Kathmandu-based professional company, performing both loktantrik natak (theatre for democracy) in the context of the 2005–06 popular movement, and kachahari natak (forum theatre) for development projects. The analysis then extends to the forum theatre produced by one of Aarohan's partner groups, the Kamlari Natak Samuha – a Tharu grass-roots activist organization based in Deukhuri Valley (West Nepal) campaigning against indentured child labour. The book explores how Maoist cultural troupes moving out of the People's war into the peace process used cultural programmes as a tool to enroll their audience into the changing political project. 

    Monica Mottin

    Monica Mottin teaches at Ruskin College, Oxford, and is research associate at the School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics, SOAS, University of London. She is a social anthropologist and specializes in Nepal (South Asia at large).
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