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Forum Theatre on the Air: Towards a model of participatory radio drama for development on community radio

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This article proposes an enhanced model of radio drama for development, which places forum theatre on the community radio platform. The model responds to the key development priorities of democratic, multi-directional communication, participation and social advocacy. It utilizes the mass dissemination advantages of the radio medium, the distinctive, dialogic qualities of community radio and the democratic and empowering tendencies of forum theatre to propose a prototype for fully participatory radio drama for development. The model was developed and tested during fieldwork at community radio stations in Laos in 2010 and 2011. Forum Theatre on the Air draws on two of the major theoretical paradigms of development communication: participatory communication and entertainment-education. The model creates an argument for a greater integration of these broadly complementary yet parallel hypotheses.
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Keywords: Laos; community radio; development communication; entertainment-education; forum theatre; radio drama

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: University of Glamorgan

Publication date: October 1, 2012

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