African Theatre: Playwrights & Politics

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Martin Banham, James Gibbs, Femi Osofisan
J. Currey, 2001 - Literary Criticism - 291 pages
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This second annual volume in the African Theatre series focuses on the intersection of politics and theatre in Africa today. Topics include the remarkable collaboration between Horse and Bamboo, a puppet theatre company based in the United Kingdom, and Nigerian playwright Sam Ukala that was inspired by the infamous execution of Nigerian playwright Ken Saro-Wiwa and other Ogoni activists; the plays of Femi Osofisan; and plays by Ghanaian playwrights Joe de Graft and Mohammed Ben-Abdallah. African Theatre features the work of Mauritian playwright Dev Virahsawmy and includes an interview with him, reviews of an English production of his play, Toufann, as well as the translated playscript. Reports of workshops and conferences, reviews, and news of the year in African theatre make this volume a valuable resource for anyone interested in current issues in African drama and performance.

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From a playwrights notebook
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Ife convocation plays as politics
18
Once Upon Four Robbers
42
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About the author (2001)

Martin Banham is Emeritus Professor of Drama and Theatre Studies at the University of Leeds.

James Gibbs teaches at the University of the West of England in Bristol.

Femi Osofisan is a playwright who also teaches in the Department of Theatre Arts, University of Ibadan, Nigeria.

Jane Plastow, Drama Lecturer at the University of Leeds, is author of African Theatre and Politics.

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