African Theatre in Development

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Indiana University Press, 1999 - History - 182 pages
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"A truly worthwhile resource in a growing field of research -- the theater and drama of Africa -- this volume collects ten essays about theater practice, publications, and productions; in-depth reviews of 17 books; and a new play." -- Choice

"... a 'must-have' for anybody interested in issues relating to theatre and development in Africa.... a pioneering effort... " -- H-Net Reviews

Art as a tool, weapon, or shield? This compelling issue and others are explored in this diverse collection of intriguing perspectives on African theatre in development. Also here: strategies in staging, propaganda, and mass education, and a discussion of the playwright Alemseged Tesfai's career in service to Eritrean liberation.

 

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Contents

Propaganda mass education
13
Telling the Lions Tale
38
Alemseged Tesfai
54
Art as tool weapon or shield?
79
Arts development II
87
Practice policy in theatre development
113
Book Reviews
141
Index
178
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About the author (1999)

Martin Banham is Emeritus Professor of Drama and Theatre Studies in the University of Leeds and editor of The Cambridge Guide to Theatre (1988) and co-editor of The Cambridge Guide to African and Caribbean Theatre (1984).

James Gibbs teaches at the University of the West of England (Bristol) and has a particular interest in Ghanaian, Nigerian, and Malawian drama.

Femi Osofisan, playwright, teaches in the Department of Theatre Arts, University of Ibadan.

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