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Drama Department

Community Engagement

For the latest information on our community engagement, check out this overview of our recent educational theatre project.  

A drama student visiting a school

The Drama Department is involved in community work in primarily two ways: Theatre-in-Education and Theatre-for-Development. Both aim to educate and inform audiences of the various social dangers they are facing (such as drug abuse and bullying).

These performances are usually promoted and presented with the direct involvement of an outside party, such as the South African Police.

Drama students visiting schools.

Through our programmes, students and participants interactively and collectively address problems and power-relations that influence their lives and their relationships with their families and/or communities, and search for possibilities and avenues to gain control over these problems or deal with these problems in a responsible manner.

In April 2008, the Drama Department participated in a interdepartmental project that involved the Mapungubwe archeological site. Mapungubwe is one of the most important archaeological sites in southern Africa. In recognition of this the University of Pretoria (UP) has established the Mapungubwe Research Facility (MRF) in the Department of Anthropology and Archaeology. The MRFs current research programme seeks to understand the origins of complex societies in the Shashe-Limpopo confluence region from the late first millennium CE. In addition to ongoing field research, MRF researchers are re-examining existing archaeological collections, comprising ceramics, stone artefacts, fauna and documents. 

Click here for more on Drama's involvement in with the historical Mapungubwe project in 2008.