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Theatre Matters

Theatre Matters
Performance and Culture on the World Stage

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Modern Theatre

Wole Soyinka, Jane Plastow, Femi Osofisan, Solomon Tsehaye, Ian Steadman, Christopher Innes, Carole-Anne Upton, Jatinder Verma, Jacob Srampickal, Richard Boon, Paul Heritage, George Woodyard
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  • Date Published: December 1998
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521634434

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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 explores 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, embracing a variety of theatrical forms from conventional text to on-site developmental work. The communities addressed range from the national to the local, from middle-class elites to the economically dispossessed in countries such as Brazil and Argentina, Nigeria, Eritrea and South Africa, and India and the Caribbean countries.

    • A distinguished list of contributors including Wole Soyinka (Nobel Prize winner for Literature), Femi Osofisan and Jatinder Verma
    • Topic studied by undergraduate students; may also appeal to the general reader
    • International, multi-cultural context
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    • Date Published: December 1998
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521634434
    • length: 228 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 13 mm
    • weight: 0.34kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Foreword: a letter from Kingston Wole Soyinka
    1. Introduction Jane Plastow
    2. 'The Revolution as Muse': drama as surreptitious insurrection in a post-colonial, military state Femi Osofisan
    3. Making theatre for a change: two plays of the Eritrean liberation struggle Jane Plastow and Solomon Tsehaye
    4. Race matters in South African theatre Ian Steadman
    5. Dreams of violence: moving beyond colonialism in Canadian and Caribbean drama Christopher Innes
    6. The French-speaking Caribbean: journeying from the native land Carole-Anne Upton
    7. 'Binglishing' the stage: a generation of Asian theatre in England Jatinder Verma
    8. Popular theatre for the building of social awareness: the Indian experience Jacob Srampickal and Richard Boon
    9. The promise of performance: True Love/Real Love Paul Heritage
    10. Making America or making revolution: the theatre of Ricardo Halac in Argentina George Woodyard.

  • Editors

    Richard Boon, University of Leeds

    Jane Plastow, University of Leeds

    Foreword

    Wole Soyinka

    Contributors

    Wole Soyinka, Jane Plastow, Femi Osofisan, Solomon Tsehaye, Ian Steadman, Christopher Innes, Carole-Anne Upton, Jatinder Verma, Jacob Srampickal, Richard Boon, Paul Heritage, George Woodyard

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