The use of community theatre in project evaluation: an experimental example from Zimbabwe

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Discusses an ENDA project working on community woodlands, where community theatre was used to stimulate discussion on the local forest resource. Group discussions focused on the woodlands, trees and changes in the forest over time. There was agreement that there were few trees, and that they were declining in number, due to drought, overpopulation and mismanagement. Constraints and potential solutions were identified. There were few gender differences in awareness. The play was created from the key issues identified by these small group discussions by improvisation of scenes in the home, field and forest. It was felt that these plays were interesting and constructive, and that the momentum came from within the community with little external direction needed, and community "ownership" of the theatre.

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Of interest to those involved in woodland management, and the management of other natural resources, as a means of generating community discusion. Limited to the use of one participatory appraisal technique.
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RRA Notes
6 (June)
IIED, 3 Endsleigh Street, London WC1H ODD, UK

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