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Staging New Britain: Aspects of Black and South Asian British Theatre Practice (Dramaturgies #19) (Paperback)
Theatre in Britain today is composed of many strands ranging from the postmodern, in-yer-face, musical and dance theatre forms or performance art and media work to the contemporary productions of classical playwrights. In the aftermath of Empire or, as it is often termed, the post-colonial world, British theatre in all these forms has also developed through the rich and vibrant contribution of those who, from necessity or choice, have come to Britain as migrants, and of their children of the second and third generations. This book is primarily concerned with giving a voice to some of these Black and South Asian theatre practitioners who tell their own stories while at the same time they, and others, describe the conditions in which they work. The editors have been careful to encourage the expression of different viewpoints. Indeed varying interpretations of such terms as multicultural , gender-based or even Black and British can be found. The result is an extraordinarily diverse picture of today's Black and South Asian British theatre practitioners but also of their companies and their relations with traditional institutions.
About the Author
The Editors: Geoffrey V. Davis teaches Postcolonial Literatures at the Universities of Aachen and Duisburg-Essen in Germany. He wrote his doctoral thesis on Arnold Zweig and his post-doctoral dissertation on South African Literature. He is currently Chair of the European Association of Commonwealth Literature and Language Studies. Anne Fuchs, a noted specialist of South African drama, has retired from a post of Senior Lecturer at the University of Nice (France) where she taught Comparative Literature and Theatre Studies for 28 years. She is an Honorary Fellow of the Institute for Advanced Research in Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Birmingham, England.