Radio La Benevolencija has facilitated different theatre plays in the African Great Lakes Region, addressing themes of conflict, violence, reconciliation and trauma healing.
Superheroes of Social Cohesion
Between 2017 and 2019, Radio La Benevolencija organised in cooperation with Théâtre et Réconciliation (run by Frederique Le Comte) multiple sets of participative theatre performances called “Superheroes of Social Cohesion”.
These performances, carried out by regional actors, took place in the border regions of Rwanda, Burundi and the DRC (Rusizi Plains). The goal of the play is to increase awareness among the audience about factors that may instigate violence, and strategies to stop it. The storyline and core messages are adapted to the specific context and circumstances of the region.
The logic behind this intervention is that an entertaining, interactive and visual spectacle can create a lasting impression on the spectators and stimulate an attitude of critical analysis among the population of the region. The themes of identity manipulation, hate speech, stereotypes and the spread of destructive ideologies, can lead to a better understanding of the dynamics of violence and hence an attitude of active bystandership.
Radio La Benevolencija furthermore facilitated a theatre exchange between Rwanda and Cambodia in 2012.