FXB Myanmar Human Drama - Community-led Development Through Theatre

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Human Drama has been the product of a joint partnership between the association François-Xavier Bagnoud Myanmar (FXB Myanmar) and the British Council since 2011. Its aim is to raise awareness of implementing behavioural change in health and social issues focusing on reproductive health, HIV/AIDS, human trafficking, gender equality, gender based violence, peace building among young people and their community members and helping them discover solutions for family, social, justice and health issues.

Trained by John Martin, of Pan Intercultural Arts (London), young, highly-skilled Burmese actors delivers this edutainment programme through direct audience participation. The performers use real stories from the targeted communities to tackle social issues including reproductive health, sex education, gender equality, human trafficking and domestic violence.

So far, the troupe, made up of twelve youth performers and two project officers, has conducted aroung 400 performances, reaching more than 480,000 community members from Yangon, Mandalay, Bago, Magway, Ayeyarwady, Tanintharyi Regions and Kachin, Mon and Karen States. They have cascaded the techniques they have learnt to arount 300 social and community activists from NGOs running campaigns with the support of World Vision, FCO, SDC, MTV EXIT and UNIAP, as well as youth mobiliters from the Karen Development Network (KDN).

Filmed at various location over three months, this 11 minutes film depicts how the Human Drama project team works together with the community people, focal person, local authority, other partner organizations in community and performance art can be used as an effective tool of communication for addressing and solving the pressing social problems among youth and their community members and to highlight that forum theatre can be applied as an effective advocacy tool. It will also emphasize the project implementation process and assisting grass roots people in gaining knowledge and understanding of rule of law in Myanmar.

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