Issue 41 An Assessment of BRAC’s Popular Theatre: Knowledge Grounding and Effects


Popular theatre as a communication medium has gained immense attention and is
widely practiced in Bangladesh by various NGOs for raising consciousness in
achieving rights and justice required for social development. Likewise, BRAC has
been using popular theatre as a communication channel to disseminate development
messages among the people for whom development is addressed, and felt the
necessity to assess to what extent the knowledge packed by such messages is
grounded into people’s cognition besides evaluating the strengths and weakness of
popular theatre as practiced by BRAC. This study presents such an assessment
conducted by using a triangulation method comprising survey, focus group
discussion, and case studies. The study observes that knowledge is grounded at a
high moderate rate and people have no problem in identifying popular theatre as a
distinct form for entertainment and communication. People at a large considers
popular theatre as a means for extending education unveiling social ills while also
suggesting ways out of such underdevelopment. Drama group is viewed as a
change-maker. There is a need for post-performance dialogue, which is not
practiced regularly. Nevertheless, popular theatre, if properly addressed and
practiced in combination with other development programs, is likely to help develop a
counter discourse that is required for a sustainable social development.

Related information

  • Writer Name: Anis Pervez Mrinmoy Samadder
  • Published Date: Monday, 07 September 2015
  • Country: Bangladesh