Postcolonial Plays: An Anthology
Psychology Press, 2001 - Drama - 469 pages
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This anthology encompasses both internationally admired 'classics' and previously unpublished texts, all dealing with imperialism and its aftermath.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
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I don't know enough about postcolonial drama to say if these are good choices considering the entire field, but on their own merits, it's a stunning batch of plays, spanning numerous countries: Canada, South Africa, Nigeria, Ghana, Trinidad, Jamaica, India, Malaysia, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, and even the United States. Most important to me was probably Manjula Padmanabhan's Harvest, a rare piece of sf drama from India, which has some neat things to say and some dark humor. Other highlights included Wole Soyinka's The Strong Breed (about a man who escapes a village that sacrifices a member of the "strong breed" every year to a village that sacrifices a newcomer every year), Femi Osofisan's Once Upon Four Robbers (about four robbers who gain magical powers), and Girish Karnad's Hayavadana (about two competing men, but with some metatheatrical craziness). It was especially nice to see Victoria Nalani Kneubuhl's The Conversion of Kaʻahumanu here, which I saw performed as an undergraduate. (A friend did sound for it.) It was an excellent, even-handed approach to the colonization of Hawaiʻi both then and now. There were a few lowlights: Maishe Maponya's The Hungry Earth and Briar Grace-Smith's Ngā Pou Wāhine were so surreal and allegorical as to be completely uninvolving, while Jimmy Chi's Bran Nue Dae may or may not have been good-- it's just that musicals make for awful reading. I wasn't very impressed by the Charabanc Theatre Company's Somewhere Over the Balcony; if the editor wanted a darkly humorous Irish play, surely anything by Martin McDonagh would have been more than adequate? Or even Sean O'Casey? And Keen Thuan Chye's 1984 Here and Now reinterpreted Orwell's 1984 in a pretty pointless fashion, if you ask me. But that's not a bad number of misses; most everything else ranged from average to brilliant. As usual, however, I'd really like to see some of these performed. Especially as given the high incidence of unusual stagecraft; I want to know how some of these things would actually look!
Postcolonial plays: an anthologyUser Review - Book Verdict
British and American colonialism's impact on native cultures is vividly reflected in this unique anthology of dramatic works from Africa, Canada, India, Southeast Asia, the Caribbean, Northern Ireland, and the South Pacific. The individual pieces present a variety of dramatic techniques, ranging from the monolog to puppet plays to storytelling and multimedia presentations, as they examine, often painfully, how a native population must come to terms with its colonial "masters." For example, the first piece, "Pink," is a powerful monolog evoking the painful reality of South African apartheid as it affects a ten-year-old white girl and her native maid. Each play is preceded by an author biography and other contextual information regarding its performance history and themes. Gilbert (drama and theater studies, Univ. of Queensland, Australia) is coauthor of Post Colonial Drama: Theory, Practice, and Politics and author of Sightlines. Recommended for larger academic and public library drama collections. Howard Miller, Rosary H.S., St. Louis ...
Judith Thompson Introduction
Jane Taylor with William Kentridge and the Handspring Puppet
Wole Soyinka Introduction
Femi Osofisan Introduction
Ama Ata Aidoo Introduction
Derek Walcott Introduction
Sistren Theatre Collective Introduction
Kee Thuan Chye Introduction
Chin Woon Ping Introduction
Louis Nowra Introduction
Jimmy Chi and Kuckles Introduction
Briar GraceSmith I ntroduction
Victoria Nalani Kneubuhl Introduction
Tomson Highway Introduction
Guillermo Verdecchia Introduction
Girish Karnad Introduction
Manjula Padmanabhan Introduction
Charabanc Theatre Company Introduction
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