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Title:Rehearsing for Life: Theatre for Social Change in Nepal
Publisher:Cambridge University Press
Remarks:B&W Photographs, Bibliography, Acknowledgements, List of Tables, Figures and Boxes and Index.
Size:160 x 135 mm
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.