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Theatre and Empowerment
Community Drama on the World Stage


Part of Cambridge Studies in Modern Theatre

Richard Boon, Jane Plastow, Gerri Moriarty, Richard Andrews, Michael Macmillan, Stephanie Marlin-Curiel, Ricardo Villanueva, Michael Etherton, Sanjoy Ganguly
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  • Date Published: November 2010
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521520454

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  • Theatre and Empowerment examines the ability of drama, theatre, dance and performance to empower communities of very different kinds, and it does so from a multi-cultural perspective. The communities involved include poverty-stricken children in Ethiopia and the Indian sub-continent, disenfranchised Native Americans in the USA and young black men in Britain, victims of violence in South Africa and Northern Ireland, and a threatened agricultural town in Italy. The book asserts the value of performance as a vital agent of necessary social change, and makes its arguments through the close examination, from 'inside' practice, of the success - not always complete - of specific projects in their practical and cultural contexts. Practitioners and commentators ask how performance in its widest sense can play a part in community activism on a scale larger than the individual, 'one-off' project by helping communities find their own liberating and creative voices.

    • A multicultural and international study, covering Europe, Africa and India
    • Contributions from scholars as well as playwrights and practitioners of community drama
    • A cross-disciplinary approach combining drama with cultural studies and anthropology
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    • Date Published: November 2010
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521520454
    • length: 280 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.42kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Richard Boon and Jane Plastow
    1. The Wedding community play project: a cross-community production in Northern Ireland Gerri Moriarty
    2. Il Teatro Povero di Monticchiello, Italy Richard Andrews
    4. 'What happened to you today that reminded you that you were a black man?': the process of exploring black British masculinities in performance Michael Macmillan
    5. Wielding the cultural weapon after apartheid: Bongani Linda's Victory Sonqoba Theatre Company, South Africa Stephanie Marlin-Curiel
    6. Dance and transformation: the Adugna Community Dance Theatre, Ethiopia Jane Plastow
    7. The day of mourning/Pilgrim Progress in Plymouth, USA: contesting processions: a report on performance, personification and empowerment Ricardo Villanueva
    8. South Asia's Child Rights Theatre for Development: the empowerment of children who are marginalised, disadvantaged and excluded Michael Etherton
    9. Theatre - a space for empowerment: celebrating Jana Sanskriti's experience in India Sanjoy Ganguly.

  • Editors

    Richard Boon, University of Leeds

    Jane Plastow, University of Leeds


    Richard Boon, Jane Plastow, Gerri Moriarty, Richard Andrews, Michael Macmillan, Stephanie Marlin-Curiel, Ricardo Villanueva, Michael Etherton, Sanjoy Ganguly

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