Theatre Matters: Performance and Culture on the World Stage

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Theatre, in a variety of forms and contexts, can make, and indeed has made, positive political and social interventions in a range of developing cultures across the world. In this book a distinguished team of theatre historians and dramatists, explore how theatre has a dynamic and often difficult relationship with societies and states, arguing positively that theatrical activity can make a difference.The collection begins with a foreword by Wole Soyinka and, through the volume, specially chosen plays, projects and movements are examined in countries such as Brazil and Argentina, Nigeria, Eritrea and South Africa, and India and the Caribbean countries.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521634434
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/2011
  • Series: Cambridge Studies in Modern Theatre Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 228
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.51 (d)

Table of Contents

Notes on contributors
Foreword: A letter from Kingston
1 Introduction 1
2 'The Revolution as Muse': drama as surreptitious insurrection in a post-colonial, military state 11
3 Making theatre for a change: two plays of the Eritrean liberation struggle 36
4 Race matters in South African theatre 55
5 Dreams of violence: moving beyond colonialism in Canadian and Caribbean drama 76
6 The French-speaking Caribbean: journeying from the native land 97
7 'Binglishing' the stage: a generation of Asian theatre in England 126
8 Popular theatre for the building of social awareness: the Indian experience 135
9 The promise of performance: True Love/Real Love 154
10 Making America or making revolution: the theatre of Ricardo Halac in Argentina 177
Index 199
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