The Department of Theatre and Madia Arts of the Federal University, Oye-Ekiti, recently partnered with the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Akure in Ondo state on a project aimed at sing drama for therapeutic purposes for suspected drug addicts undergoing rehabilitation in the NDLEA office.
Lilian Bakare and Laide Nasir, who are the representative of the department shot a drams skit which served as template for generating therapeutic experience for the clients of the NDLEA office through an aspect of the theatre they termed ‘Theatre for Development (TFD)’.
The drams tells the story of a certain Chief Agbaje, an ex-drug addict but later became a Chief Judge of a state after he was arrested and rehabilitated by the drug enforcement agency.
Agbaje visits some clients in the NDLEA office to see how they are faring and ends up telling them his story of being a drug addict, peddler and cultist who is rescued from his path of destruction by the arrest and subsequent rehabilitation by the NDLEA officials.
His story inspires the clients who were also trained by Nasir and Bakare to take part in performing the drama skit in what is described as TFD in Theatre terminology and a therapeutic method to heal the clients.
The Head of Department, Theatre and Media Arts, FUOYE, Dr. Desen Jonathan Mbachaga said; “The use of drama in this instance points to the healing power of Theatre. It is a powerful tool connecting performance as a tool for helping people understand themselves and take steps to change certain behaviors.”
“This project was informed by our conviction that we can no longer continue to look away and the theatre being a tool for both social commentary and activism could be used to influence a change,” Nasir and Bakare stated.
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