Theatre-in Education: Theatre for Development Practice in Southern Africa and its Implications for Swaziland


  • Dr. Patrick J. Ebewo


This article discusses Theatre for Development (TFD) praxis as an agency for integrated rural development in Africa. Development is not limited to improvement in Gross National Product (GNP) and other economic indices, but in the ability of a people to take creative control of their destinies by contributing in a participatory manner to the development issues in the community. Theatre for Development is an instrument of non-formal education and a strategy used to enhance democratic exchange of information between development agents and the rural population. The paper surveys TFD practice in Africa, particularly Southern Africa. It laments non-representation of Swaziland in this project, and argues for the role the Department of Adult Education of the University of Swaziland could play in this regard.