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Drama in Ghana: A Historical Perspective

Summary of Book by Awo Mana Asiedu, 1999
Published by Journal of Performing Arts

A historical overview of drama in Ghana includes traditional theatre, concert party theatre or popular theatre, literary theatre and theatre for development. Traditional theatre includes festivals such as the Adaekese of the Ashantis. It was also evident in rituals; funerals, marriage ceremonies and religious rites. Storytelling consisted of moral stories told to a participatory audience under the moonlight. These served a purpose beyond entertainment, but were also aesthetically, politically, socially and spiritually committed. Traditional dance and music is a ubiquitous and integral part of traditional communities and was highly participatory. Theatre for development is another branch of theatre in Ghana that aims at communicating development messages to target communities, for example youth empowerment and HIV/AIDS education. Literary theatre is crafted by modern playwrights and inspired by traditional theatre.