Exploring children’s experiences in a temporary relocation area through theatre and performance

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Symphony Way Temporary Relocation Area is situated on rented airport land on the outskirts of the city of Cape Town, South Africa. It is home to a growing number of internally displaced people waiting for government subsidised housing, refugees and asylum seekers. These formalised tin shelters form part of a wider government-led housing development plan that is riddled with infrastructural set-backs and corruption. What is presented in this chapter is an articulation of children’s experiences within the camp enclosure. Through their narrative voice and the staging of theatrical performance, a tragic tale of kinship, love and loss is explored against a backdrop of violence in an imaginary community in South Africa. Themes explored within this play include gangsterism, drugs, teenage pregnancy, multiple partners and generational conflict. The children called this play “Neighbourhood” and reflected upon it as a descriptive performance about their daily lives.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Aesthetics of Development
Subtitle of host publicationArt, Culture and Social Transformation
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9781349952489
ISBN (Print)9781349952472
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2017
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences
  • General Arts and Humanities


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