African Theatre 8: Diasporas

African Theatre 8: Diasporas

Edited by Martin Banham, James Gibbs, Femi Osofisan


James Currey



This volume in the African Theatre series celebrates the African theatrical diaspora from Brazil to Tasmania, and Canada to Cuba, and also includes the playscript Messing with the Mind by Egyptian writer and director Khaled El-Sawy.
'Diasporas', as used in the title of this volume, refers to a multitude of groups and communities with widely differing histories, identities and current locations. This book brings together essays on theatre by people of African descent in North America, Cuba, Italy, the UK, Israel and Tasmania. Several chapters present overviews of particular national contexts, others offer insights into play texts or specific performances. Offering a mix of academic and practitioner's points of views, Volume 8 in the African Theatre series analyses and celebrates various aspects of African diasporic theatre worldwide.

Guest Editors: CHRISTINE MATZKE, Lecturer in African Literatures and Cultures, Humboldt-University, Berlin; and OSITA OKAGBUE, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Drama, Goldsmiths, University of London.

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

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November 2009
8 black and white illustrations
190 pages
21.6x13.8 cm
African Theatre
ISBN: 9781847015013
Format: Paperback
James Currey
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Table of Contents

Introduction - Christine Matzke and Osita Okagbue
Performing Black Canadas: The Trans-American Imaginary of Black Canadian Theatre - Maureen Moynagh
The Theory of Ase: The Persistence of African Performance Aesthetics in the North American Diaspora - August Wilson, Ntozake Shange & Djanet Sears - Esiaba Irobi
African Presence in Cuban Theatre - Cariad Astles
Marginality, Sacrifice & Transgression: Mothers & Rebellious Women in Two Plays by Cuba's Eugenio Hernández Espinosa - Conrad James
Interculture on Stage: Afro-Italian Theatre - Sabrina Brancato
Black British Theatre in London 1972-1989: A Brief Overview - Yvonne Brewster
Talking about Something Dark: An Interview with Lemn Sissay - Jane Plastow
Jews, Blood & Ethiopian Dance in Israel: Critical Race Theory & the Postcolonial - Rob Baum
Nature in Migration & the 'Natural Migrant': Performing African Settlement in Tasmanian Community Arts - Mary Elizabeth Anderson
Translator's Introduction to Khaled El-Sawy's Messing with the Mind - Mona Khedr
Playscript: Messing with the Mind - Khaled El-Sawy
Book Reviews


As a contribution to the field of diaspora studies or to the respective diasporas represented, this book is substantial and toothsome. AFRICAN THEATRE

The volume stands out for its rigorous attempt to bring together academic and practice based points of view as well as different formats that include Jane Plastow's interview with Lemn Sissay, as well as Mona Khedr's English translation of Khaled El-Sawy's satirical play Messing with the Mind. AFRICAN PERFORMANCE REVIEW

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