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  • ISBN: 9780253335999
  • ISBN10: 025333599X

African Theatre in Development

by Banham, Martin

  • List Price: $44.95
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press
  • Publish date: 09/22/1999
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"A truly worthwhile resource in a growing field of research-the theater anddrama of Africa-this volume collects ten essays about theater practice, publications, andproductions; in-depth reviews of 17 books; and a new play. The book first examines thepioneering work of Alec Dickson in encouraging the use of drama in community development and theemergence of a theater in Creole, using the slaves' deformed imitation of their masters' language (acorrupt form of French) to translate the experiences and cultures of Mauritius. Severalpractitioners and students of the Tigre/Bilen theater training course describe their efforts tonurture Eritrean cultures, including performing the music and dance of all nine language groups inits cultural troupes with audiences numbering up to 7,000, often in remote communities. Issuesdiscussed include the impact of actors being mobilized for war; an Eritrean playwright on the frontline during the struggle for liberation against an Ethiopian offensive; obstacles encountered whenperformances called attention to developmental problems in communities (e.g., health care, femalecircumcision, the unsanitary state of villages in general). Recommended for graduate students,faculty, and theater researchers, professionals, and practitioners interested in cultural studies,educational outreach and community theater, and ethnic studies." -E. C. Ramirez, St. Philip'sCollege, Choice, July 2000
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