Pioneering use of street theatre to tackle prejudice in Rwanda

Zulema Cadenas, MRG’s Street Theatre Project Coordinator, travelled to Gitarama, Rwanda, to support our partner YWCA (Young Women’s Christian Association) to launch a project that uses drama at a grass roots level to tackle prejudice and discrimination.

The aim of the project is to raise awareness of the situation of the Twa minority and to challenge discriminatory attitudes and prejudices held by majority society against this community. A group of actors coming from the majority and the minority community will create together a script that will be played out on the streets.

The performances will be followed by a discussion with the audience, who will also be invited to perform and alter the end of the story. As part of the preparation stage the majority actors will get to know and understand the lives of the minority community by joining them in a community visit.

Zulema Cadenas, MRG’s Street Theatre Project Coordinator, travelled to Gitarama, Rwanda, to support the beginning of the Street Theatre Project run in Rwanda by YWCA.
The aim of this project is to raise awareness of the situation of the Twa minority and to challenge discrimination attitudes and prejudices held by the majority society against this community. A group of actors coming from the majority and the minority community will create together a script that will be played in the streets.
The performances will be followed by a discussion with the ‘espectactors’ that will also be invited to perform trying to change the end of the story. As part of the preparation stage the majority actors will get to know and understand the lives of the minority community by joining them in a community visit.d understand the lives of the minority community by joining them in a community visit.

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Twa Community near Gitarama with Deborah at the front. Deborah is one of the actresses who will be performing in the streets. She is one of the youngest in the team.
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Twa people are traditionally very skilled pottery makers. These two brothers told us how difficult it is at this time to get clay and to sell the pottery at a good price.
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Traditional cooking pots used to be used by most of the people in Rwanda.
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Alice, another of the actresses, showed us her house. She shares a tiny room with her two sisters and her brother. Her father told us how hard it was for him to send all the children to school. Next year Alice will start studying nursery in a town nearby.
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Some of the majority community actors are very famous in Rwanda. They often appear in soap operas and radio shows. During the project they will get to know the harsh reality for their Twa colleagues.
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Minority and majority actors with the help of the Artistic director will create a script to raise awareness about the situations and discrimination faced by the historically marginalized people in Rwanda.
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Date: 15/07/2011

Countries:

Rwanda

Categories:

Culture and Tradition
Racism/Discrimination/Hate speech
Indigenous Peoples

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