African Research and Educational Puppetry Programme (AREPP)
The African Research and Educational Puppetry Programme was founded in 1987 by Maishe Maponya, Oupa Mthimkulu, Ann Wanless and Gary Friedman as a community based educational trust, with the aim of using theatre and puppetry to provide social life-skills education to disadvantaged communities.
Puppets Against Aids
Recognising that HIV and AIDS posed a substantial threat that had not fully been realised, AREPP undertook an eight month preparatory research period with its first long-term project Puppets Against AIDS, an educational puppet show about HIV and AIDS, with the aim of taking the HIV/AIDS message to the people in the street - quite literally.and took to the road in 1988 to tour the country in 1989 and again in 1994. ***
arepp:Theatre for Life
In 1988 AREPP was renamed arepp:Theatre for Life (often misspelled Arepp: Theatre for Life)and took Puppets Against Aids on tour. It now became a regitered edutainment NGO, using live, dramatic presentations it travels to schools, providing interactive, social life-skills education to school-going youth, enabling informed choice and developing resilience.
For more information
For more information, go to the arepp website at [ http://www.arepp.org.za/]
See also Puppet theatre in South Africa
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