African Theatre 7: Companies
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192 Pages

21.6 x 13.8 cm

16 b/w illus.

Series: African Theatre

Series Vol. Number: 7

Imprint: James Currey

African Theatre 7: Companies

Edited by Martin Banham, James Gibbs and Femi Osofisan

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Profiles theatre companies in Africa working creatively in the context of financial and political constraints.

A close scrutiny of how theatre companies operate is an often neglected aspect of theatre life in Africa, yet, as companies profiled here grapple with the issues of 'creativity and collaboration' much is revealed about the way theatre companies across the continent face the challenges of financial constraints, the political complications of sponsorship and funding, the need for creative or intellectual freedoms, the intricacies of contracts and the crucial decisions about venues and audiences.

Volume Editor: JAMES GIBBS, University of the West of England.
Series editors: Martin Banham, James Gibbs, Femi Osofisan

The contributors include: DEXTER LYNDERSAY, FOLUKE OUGUNLEYE, SIRI LANGE, ALLY MKUMBILA, BRACCO CHITOSA, MANFRED LOIMEIR, LUCY RICHARDSON, CHRISTINE MATZKE, VICTOR S. DUGGA, PATRICK-JUDE OTEH, BASIL JONES, MICHAEL WALLING, BRITISH COUNCIL, JOS REPERTORY THEATRE.
Introduction - James Gibbs
Obituaries: Sale Acquaye, K.W. Dexter Lyndersay, Bate Besong & John Conteh-Morgan
Unibadan masques 1974-76: a memoir of the first two years, Department of Theatre Arts Performing Company by K.W. Dexter Lyndersay
Ori Olokun Theatre & the town & gown policy: 'enthusiastic amateurs, farmers, carpenters & school teachers' - Foluke Ogunleye
The Muungano Cultural Troupe: entertaining the urban masses of Dar es Salaam - Siri Lange
The making of Os bandoleiros de Schiller: an account of collaboration on a German classic - Manfred Loimeier
Project Phakama, Lesotho 2004: 'follow the bird' (birds that flock are birds that learn) - Lucy Richardson
The Asmara Theatre Association, 1961-74: Mahber Teyatr Asmera - Christine Matzke
The story of Jos Repertory Theatre: creativity & collaboration - Victor S. Dugga and Patrick-Jude Oteh
Financing Handspring Puppet Company: a South African experience - Basil Jones
Border Crossings: setting up a joint Accra-London production - Michael Walling
Play script: Our House by Jos Repertory Theatre in collaboration with The British Council
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Femi Osofisan is an internationally lauded playwright, scholar, poet, novelist, actor, director, songwriter, and activist and Professor Emeritus of Theatre Arts at the University of Ibadan. Osofisan was awarded the Thalia Prize in 2016. He has published five novellas, six volumes of poetry, and more than 50 plays.

"This lively collection of essays documents important aspects of the rich and varied history of theatrical practice in Africa." MATUTU
"Offers a varied, refreshing view of theater companies from multiple perspectives. [...] The multiple micro histories of theater companies documented here provide a lucid and often riveting account of the eclectic, boundary-breaking work in African theater, including the numerous challenges particular to each." RESEARCH IN AFRICAN LITERATURES

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Title Details

192 Pages

2.16 x 1.38 cm

16 b/w illus.

Series: African Theatre

Series Vol. Number: 7

Imprint: James Currey