A brick wall bearing grafitti lettering representing an advertisement for a play about sex and the things you need to know by AREPP, Puppets against AIDS by the African Research and Educational Puppetry Programme. Colour lithograph, ca. 1996.

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Johannesburg (P.O. Box 51022, Raedene 2124, Johannesburg, South Africa) : An AREPP Production [African Research and Educational Puppetry Programme], [1996?]

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1 print : lithograph, printed in colours ; sheet 42 x 29.8 cm



Look before you leap, a play about sex and the things you need to know ... An AREPP Production ... Co sponsored by the EU.

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African Research and Educational Puppetry Programme 1993 African Research and Educational Puppetry Programme South Africa 21/09/2009 current contacts: Puppets Against AIDS: info@africanpuppet.com; AREPP: jhbadmin@arepp.org.za UkLW UK Transcription from the item


The AREPP: Theatre for Life Trust is an edutainment NGO, which has been operating nationally in South Africa since 1987. Using live, dramatic presentations arepp:Theatre for Life travels to schools, providing interactive, social life-skills education to school-going youth, enabling informed choice and developing resilience.
Puppets Against Aids' was launched by Gary Friedman in Johannesburg in late 1987, on his return from studying 'Puppetry for Film and Television' with Jim Henson in France. He set up the African Research and Educational Puppetry Programme in order to research traditions of puppet and mask theatre on the African continent. At the same time, he aimed at introducing puppetry into communities that hadn't been exposed to the art before. Puppets Against Aids' used both humour and entertainment to help spread the Aids prevention message worldwide, through live performance and workshops. These took place throughout Africa, Canada, Australia and Europe over the next nine years.
The premise for puppetry, tested in South Africa in the 80's in anti-apartheid work, is that "puppets can do anything they want without fear of harassment." (extract from http://gateway.nlm.nih.gov/html )


Wellcome Collection 678930i



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