African Theatre 11: Festivals

African Theatre 11: Festivals

Edited by Martin Banham, James Gibbs, Femi Osofisan


James Currey



Contributors examine how international theatre festivals have been organised and how they have affected the evolution of sustainable theatre.
During the last fifty years, large sums of money, huge resources of labour and vast amounts of creative energy have been invested in international theatre festivals in Africa. Under banners such as 'Reclaiming the African Past' and 'African Renaissance', the festival participants have used the performing arts to address a variety of topical issues and to confront images embedded by a century of patronising colonial expositions. The themes indicate the desire to take history by the forelock, challenge perceptions and transform communities.

Volume Editor: JAMES GIBBS

Series Editors: Martin Banham, Emeritus Professor of Drama & Theatre Studies, University of Leeds; James Gibbs, Senior Visiting Research Fellow, University of the West of England; Femi Osofisan, Professor of Drama at the University of Ibadan; Jane Plastow, Professor of African Theatre, University of Leeds; Yvette Hutchison, Associate Professor, Department of Theatre & Performance Studies, University of Warwick


November 2012
172 pages
21.6x14 cm
African Theatre
ISBN: 9781847010575
Format: Paperback
Library eBook
James Currey
BIC AN, 1H, 2AB, 3JM
BISAC DRA011000, LIT004010
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Table of Contents

Editor's Introduction - James Gibbs
Festivals as a strategy for the development of theatre in Zimbabwe, 1980-201 - Robert Mshengu Kavanagh
The legacy of Festac '77: the challenge of the Nigerian National Theatre at Iganmu - Ahmed Yerima
Festac, month by month and Soyinka's involvement - James Gibbs
The Dakar Festivals of 1966 & 2010 - Yatma Dieye
African Renaissance between rhetoric & the aesthetics of extravagance: FESMAN 2010 - entrapped in textuality - Amy Niang
Theatre Programme for FESMAN, with Commentary - James Gibbs
The Pan-African Historical Theatre Festival (Panafest) in Ghana, 1922-2010: the vision & the reality - Victor K. Yankah
Panafest through the Headlines: an Annotated Bibliography - James Gibbs
International festivals & transnational theatre circuits in Egypt, 1988-2010: ambassadors of no nation - Sonali Pahwa
The Jos Theatre Festival, 2004- 2011:a theatre festival in a divided community - Patrick-Jude Oteh
The Grahamstown Festival & the making of a dramatist: an interview with Andrew Buckland - Andrew Buckland
Playscript: Prison Graduates by Efo Kodjo Mawugbe with a review of a performance by James Gibbs
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