British South Asian Theatres: A Documented History

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British South Asian theater has been one of the most significant features of diasporic artistic activity throughout the world in the last thirty years, yet its remarkable achievements have been largely ignored by mainstream media and scholars. With British South Asian Theatres, Graham Ley and Sarah Dadswell aim to reverse such neglect. Drawing on unpublished archives and an extensive series of interviews on the history of British theater, these essays document the presence of South Asians on the British stage, ...

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Overview

British South Asian theater has been one of the most significant features of diasporic artistic activity throughout the world in the last thirty years, yet its remarkable achievements have been largely ignored by mainstream media and scholars. With British South Asian Theatres, Graham Ley and Sarah Dadswell aim to reverse such neglect. Drawing on unpublished archives and an extensive series of interviews on the history of British theater, these essays document the presence of South Asians on the British stage, from magicians of the nineteenth century to the performers of today. A companion DVD enhances the text, showcasing historical documents, programs, designs, photographs, and clips from recordings of rehearsals and productions.

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Meet the Author

Graham Ley is professor of drama and theory at the University of Exeter and author of A Short Introduction to the Ancient Greek Theater. Sarah Dadswell is a research fellow in the Department of Drama at the University of Exeter.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Preface
Abbreviations

1. British-based South Asian Language Theatres
2. Tara Arts, 1977–1985
3. Hounslow Arts Cooperative
4. Actors Unlimited
5. British Asian Theatre Company
6. Asian Cooperative Theatre
7. Tamasha, 1989–1997
8. Kali Theatre Company
9. Man Mela, 1989–2001
10. Watermans, 1992–2000
11. Peshkar Productions
12. Asian Theatre School
13. Rifco
14. Rasa Theatre

Conclusion
Index

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