Farm Workers Rights Play
The objective of the project is to raise awareness of rights amongst farm workers in the Western Cape, build the confidence of farm workers to exercise these rights and provide information and networks with local organisations to support them to do so.
The project focusses on the use of theatre as a medium to raise awareness and the medium of Forum theatre where theatre is used in a smaller workshop environment to reinforce broader learning around basic rights and build workers communication, conflict resolution and negotiations skills.
The use of theatre as a form of delivering popular education around issues of farm worker rights, provides participants with information about their rights whilst also illustrating how to act on their rights. Theatre provides a safe place to convey both the context workers are currently in and new and different ways of being in society. It affirms more healthy personal, social and industrial relations.
The reach of the project is increased through the use of radio where the voice of workers on specific issues is raised and linked to interviews with experts on farm worker issues.
The project is funded by the Embassy of France in South Africa’s Civil Society Development fund. The play Saamstaan and initial project was originally funded by the Foundation for Human Rights.