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Post-Colonial Plays: An Anthology / Edition 1

Post-Colonial Plays: An Anthology / Edition 1

by Helen Gilbert
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This collection of contemporary postcolonial plays demonstrates the extraordinary vitality of a body of work that is currently influencing the shape of contemporary world theatre.
This anthology encompasses both internationally admired 'classics' and previously unpublished texts, all dealing with imperialism and its aftermath. It includes work from Canada, the Carribean, South and West Africa, Southeast Asia, India, New Zealand and Australia. A general introduction outlines major themes in postcolonial plays. Introductions to individual plays include information on authors as well as overviews of cultural contexts, major ideas and performance history.
Dramaturgical techniques in the plays draw on Western theatre as well as local performance traditions and include agit-prop dialogue, musical routines, storytelling, ritual incantation, epic narration, dance, multimedia presentation and puppetry. The plays dramatize diverse issues, such as:
* political corruption
* race and class relations
*gender and sexuality
*media representation

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780415164481
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 05/28/2001
Pages: 484
Product dimensions: 6.75(w) x 9.75(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Helen Gilbert lectures in Drama and Theatre Studies at the University of Queensland. She is co-author of Post Colonial Drama: Theory, Practice and Politics.

Table of Contents


Introduction, Helen Gilbert

Pink, Judith Thompson

Ubu and the Truth Commission, Jane Taylor, with William Kentridge and The Handspring Puppet Company

The Strong Breed, Wole Soyinka

Once Upon Four Robbers, Femi Osofisan

Anowa, Ama Ata Aidoo

Pantomine, Derek Walcott

QPH, Sistren Theatre Collective

Hayavadana, Girish Karnad

Harvest, Manjula Padmanabhan

1984 Here and Now, Kee Thuan Chye

Details Cannot Body Wants, Chin Woon Ping

Inside the Island, Louis Nowra

Bran Nue Dae, Jimmy Chi and Kuckles

Nga Pou Wahine, Briar Grace-Smith

The Conversion of Ka'ahumanu, Victoria Kneubuhl

The Rez Sisters, Tomson Highway

Fronteras Americanas (American Borders), Guillermo Verdecchia

Somewhere over the Balcony, Charabanc

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