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Postcolonial Plays: An Anthology

edited by Helen Gilbert
Format
Book
Published
London ; New York : Routledge, 2001.
Language
English
ISBN
0415164486 (hc. : alk. paper), 0415164494 (pbk. : alk. paper)
Summary
"This collection of contemporary postcolonial plays demonstrates the vitality of a body of work that is currently influencing the shape of contemporary world theatre. The anthology, the first of its kind, includes both internationally admired 'classics' and previously unpublished texts. It draws upon work from Canada, the Caribbean, South and West Africa, Southeast Asia, India, New Zealand, Hawai'i and Australia." "Dealing with imperialism and its aftermath, the plays use a wide range of dramaturgical techniques drawn from Western theatre and local performance traditions. Agit-prop dialogue, musical routines, storytelling, ritual incantation, epic narration, dance, multimedia presentation and puppetry are among the many ways through which individuals and groups express their concerns." "Postcolonial Plays: An Anthology includes a general introduction that outlines key issues relevant to the study of postcolonial theatre. Individual introductions to plays include biographical information on the author, an overview of the play's main thematic concerns and performance features, and a summary of its performance history."--BOOK JACKET.
Contents
  • 1. Pink (Canada 1986) / Judith Thompson
  • 2. Hungry Earth (South Africa 1979) / Maishe Maponya
  • 3. Ubu and the Truth Commission (South Africa 1997) / Jane Taylor and William Kentridge / Handspring Puppet Company
  • 4. Strong Breed (Nigeria 1964) / Wole Soyinka
  • 5. Once Upon Four Robbers (Nigeria 1978) / Femi Osofisan
  • 6. Anowa (Ghana 1970) / Ama Ata Aidoo
  • 7. Pantomime (Trinidad 1978) / Derek Walcott
  • 8. QPH (Jamaica 1981) / Sistren Theatre Collective
  • 9. Hayavadana (India 1971) / Girish Karnad
  • 10. Harvest (India 1997) / Manjula Padmanabhan
  • 11. 1984 Here and Now (Malaysia 1985) / Kee Thuan Chye
  • 12. Details Cannot Body Wants (Singapore 1992) / Chin Woon Ping
  • 13. Inside the Island (Australia 1980) / Louis Nowra
  • 14. Bran Nue Dae (Australia 1990) / Jimmy Chi and Kuckles
  • 15. Nga Pou Wahine (New Zealand 1995) / Briar Grace-Smith
  • 16. Conversion of Ka'ahumanu (Hawai'i 1988) / Victoria Nalani Kneubuhl
  • 17. Rez Sisters (Canada 1986) / Tomson Highway
  • 18. Fronteras Americanas (American Borders) (Canada 1993) / Guillermo Verdecchia
  • 19. Somewhere Over the Balcony (Northern Ireland 1988) / Charabanc Theatre Company.
Description
xiv, 469 p. : ill. ; 26 cm.
Notes
Includes bibliographical references.
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