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During the last fifty years, large sums of money, huge resources of labour and vast amounts of creative energy have been invested in international theatre festivals in Africa. Under banners such as 'Reclaiming the African Past' and 'African Renaissance', the festival participants have used the performing arts to address a variety of topical issues and to confront images embedded by a century of patronising colonial expositions. The themes indicate the desire to take history by the forelock, challenge perceptions and transform communities.

Volume Editor: JAMES GIBBS

Series Editors: Martin Banham, Emeritus Professor of Drama & Theatre Studies, University of Leeds; James Gibbs, Senior Visiting Research Fellow, University of the West of England; Femi Osofisan, Professor of Drama at the University of Ibadan; Jane Plastow, Professor of African Theatre, University of Leeds; Yvette Hutchison,Associate Professor, Department of Theatre & Performance Studies, University of Warwick

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ISBN-13: 9781847010575
Publisher: Boydell & Brewer, Limited
Publication date: 11/15/2012
Series: African Theatre Series , #11
Pages: 172
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors vii

Obituary of Efo Kodjo Mawugbe ix

Introduction James Gibbs xi

Festivals as a Strategy for the Development of Theatre in Zimbabwe 1980-2010 Robert Mshengu Kavanagh 1

The Legacy of Festac '77 14

The challenge of the Nigerian National Theatre at Iganmu Ahmed Yerima

Festac, Month by Month & Soyinka's Involvement James Gibbs 22

The Dakar Festivals of 1966 & 2010 Yatma Dieye 28

African Renaissance between Rhetoric & the Aesthetics of Extravagance Fesman 2010 - Entrapped in Textuality Amy Niang 30

Theatre Programme for Fesman & Commentary James Gibbs 39

The Pan-African Historical Theatre Festival (Panafest) in Ghana, 1992-2010 45

The vision & the reality Victor K. Yankah

Panafest through the Headlines 56

An annotated bibliography James Gibbs

International Festivals & Transnational Theatre Circuits in Egypt, 1988-2010 68

Ambassadors of no nation Sonali Pahwa

The Jos Theatre Festival 2004-2011 75

A theatre festival in a divided community Patrick-Jude Oteh

The Grahamstown Festival & the Making of a Dramatist 89

An interview with Andrew Buckland James Gibbs

Playscript 100

Prison Graduates • Efo Kodjo Mawugbe with a review of a performance James Gibbs 100

Book Reviews

Bernth Lindfors, Ira Aldridge, Vol. 1, The Early Years, 1807-1833, & Vol.2, The Vagabond Years, 1833-1852 Peter Thomson 140

Austin Asagba (ed.), Cross-Currents in African Theatre and Theatre & Minority Rights: Perspectives on the Niger Christine Matzke 142

Michael Etherton & John Reed, Chikwakwa Remembered. Theatre & Politics in Zambia, 1968-1972 Martin Banham 145

Kene Igweonu (ed.), Foreword by Temple Hauptfleisch, Trends in Twenty-First Century African Theatre & Performance Yvette Hutchison 147

Austin Ovigue Asagba (ed.), Sam Ukala: His Work at Sixty, and Duro Oni & Sola Adeyemi, (eds), Developments in the Theory & Practice of Contemporary Nigerian Drama & Theatre: A Festschrift in Honour of Dapo Adelugba Osita Okagbue 151

Barclays Ayakoroma, Dance on his Grave & A Matter of Honour, Greg Mbajiorgu, Wake Up Everyone, & Jonathan Desen Mbachaga, Widow's Might Jane Plastow 154

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