ISSN: 20493010
First published in 2013
3 issues per volume
Volume 5 Issue 1
Cover Date: January 2017
Performing partnership: The possibilities of decentring the expertise of international practitioners in international Theatre for Development partnerships
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Authors:  Bobby Smith 
DOI: 10.1386/atr.5.1.37_1

Keywords
development,experts,partnership,postcolonialism,Theatre for Development,Uganda

Abstract
Building effective global partnerships are a key focus of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which will shape how international development looks until 2030. This article explores how international partnerships in applied theatre/Theatre for Development (TfD) initiatives are performed, and draws on the author’s own experience of being employed on a freelance basis by a non-governmental organization (NGO) to build on the skills of a Ugandan team to utilize theatre. Throughout the article, key moments during a month-long period of training are reflected upon and analyzed with reference to debates within international development, postcolonial studies and applied theatre. Through synergizing these debates, it is suggested that a decentring of Western ‘expertise’ enables more effective partnerships to emerge.
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