In February 2018, Theatre for a Change trained 18 youth leaders from two local organisations – the Family Life Association of Swaziland (FLAS) and the Red Cross – to use Interactive Theatre to promote gender equality and reduce gender-based violence among young people in Manzini, Mbabane, Big Bend and Nhlangano.

The objectives of the two-week training were:

  • To develop trust and cooperation among group members
  • To increase knowledge of gender, gender equality and gender-based violence
  • To build the group’s capacity to devise Interactive Theatre stories based on their own experiences of gender
  • To develop the group’s ability to facilitate Interactive Touch Tag, where audiences are invited to replace the main character in the story, and show what they could do differently – as that character – to reduce their risk and assert their rights

In October 2018, we returned to Eswatini and held a week-long refresher training with the 10 original participants from FLAS, with the aim of further developing the breadth and depth of their Interactive Theatre devising, performance, facilitation and leadership skills.

The trainings were delivered in partnership with Voluntary Service Overseas.

This training will help me to encourage young women to get out there, stand up for yourselves, and speak out on whatever it is that is bothering you.

Sindile, Training Participant