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Rehearsing for Life
Theatre for Social Change in Nepal

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  • Date Published: February 2019
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  • isbn: 9781108641036

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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 developments 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 grassroots activist organization based in Deukhuri Valley (West Nepal) campaigning against indentured child labour.

    • Includes photographs of theatre performances
    • This book is one of the first long-term ethnographic studies focusing on theatre in Nepal
    • Presents a comparative analysis of different forms of theatre for social change
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    • Date Published: February 2019
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9781108641036
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    List of tables, Figures and boxes
    Acknowledgements
    1. Theatre and life: theatre at the intersection of art, politics and international development
    2. Spacing out to dpeak up: resistance, protest and the emergence of street theatre
    3. The streets become the stage: performance, protest and theatre in a time of political crisis
    4. Kachahari Natak: fragments of an aesthetics of theatre for social change
    5. Activism not development work: explorations in Tharu kachahari natak
    6. A cultural army for a cultural revolution: Maoist cultural programmes and revolutionary theatre
    7. The ordinariness of the special: towards the professionalization of theatre work
    8. Conclusions
    Bibliography
    Index.

  • Author

    Monica Mottin, Ruskin College, Oxford
    Monica Mottin teaches at Ruskin College, Oxford, and is research associate at the School of Languages, Cultures and Linguistics, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.

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