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MA in International Dramaturgy student, Chiminae Ball, researches the rehabilitative effects of testimonial theatre on Pollsmoor parolees. In gathering research Chiminae produced a play with parolees which was performed at the Artscape in September 2017. A key theme of this play is the ‘long walk’ that parolees need to take in order to integrate back into society.


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Efficacy of theatre in causing change

Balfour, M. 2009. The politics of intention: looking for a theatre of little changes. RiDE: The Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance, 14(3), (online). [Available to read here: https://research-repository.griffith.edu.au/bitstream/handle/10072/30346/57741_1.pdf?sequence=1&isAllowed=y].

Applied Theatre in South Africa

Baxter, V. 2009. Why do you bring us playing when we have serious problems?": theatre aesthetics and education in South Africa. Doctoral dissertation for the University of Southampton, (online). [Available to read here after creating a free online account: http://ethos.bl.uk/OrderDetails.do?uin=uk.bl.ethos.515678]

Theatre in prison environments

John, C.H. 2008. Workshopped plays in a South African correction centre: negotiating social relations through theatre. Unpublished doctoral dissertation. Durban: University of KwaZulu-Natal, (online). [Available to download here: http://researchspace.ukzn.ac.za/handle/10413/1995].

Moller, L. 2003. A day in the life of a prison theatre program. TDR/The Drama Review, 47(1), (online). [Available to read here: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Lorraine_Moller/publication/278218732_A_day_in_the_life_of_a_prison_theatre_program_vol_47_pg_49_2003/links/57d0351c08ae5f03b48908da/A-day-in-the-life-of-a-prison-theatre-program-vol-47-pg-49-2003.pdf].


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