African Theatre 18
Title Details

15th November 2019

220 Pages

21.6 x 14 cm

3 line. Illustrations

Series: African Theatre

Imprint: James Currey

African Theatre 18

Edited by Chukwuma Okoye

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Highlighted in this volume is the detective play The Inspector and the Hero by Femi Osofisan, one of Africa's leading playwrights. The play has until now only been published in Nigeria.
This open issue of African Theatre is a departure from the traditional themed format to showcase the plethora of styles, approaches and perspectives that populate the contemporary field of African theatre studies, with contributions from Ethiopia, Malawi, Nigeria, South Africa and Ghana. Focusing mainly on case studies, contributors engage a variety of performance forms, ranging from investigations into radical dramatic and popular musical performances, through "street theatre" (festivals and masquerade shows) and pop culture, to consideration of applied theatre, dance, audience, cultural performances and folktales. Articles address African American and African cultural dialogue; choreographic study; the carnivalization of indigenous African festivals; the stigmatization of disability; the performance of nationality, as well as orality and African performance aesthetics.
Highlighted in this volume is the playscript of the detective play The Inspector and the Hero by Femi Osofisan, one of Africa's foremost playwrights.
Volume Editor: CHUKWUMA OKOYE
Series Editors: Yvette Hutchison, Reader, Department of Theatre & Performance Studies, University of Warwick; Chukwuma Okoye, Reader in African Theatre & Performance, University of Ibadan; Jane Plastow, Professor of African Theatre, University of Leeds.
Introduction - Chukwuma Okoye
"Man in the Mirror": The issue of appropriation in the exchange between African & African American popular culture - Stephanie Shonekan
NAFEST Danceturgy in search of integration & identity: A study of selected Nasarawa State dance entries - 'Tosin Kooshima Tume
Carnivalization of indigenous performance forms & the demystification of ritual essence in costume & mask designs of masquerade art - Bernard Eze Orji
An initial investigation into contemporary theatre audiences in Malawi - Amy Bonsall
Exploring educational theatre & peer learning to combat stigma & myths about albinism in school settings in Malawi - Zindaba Chisiza
Performing the Nation: Incorporating cultural performances into theatre in Ethiopia - Zerihun Birehanu
Orality & the folktale: Metaphysical content & performance aesthetics of Anansesem - Sarah Dorgbadzi
Playscript: The Inspector & the Hero - Femi Osofisan
Book Reviews edited by Sola Adeyemi

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Title Details

15th November 2019

220 Pages

2.16 x 1.4 cm

3 line. Illustrations

Series: African Theatre

Imprint: James Currey