Postcolonial Plays: An Anthology

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Helen Gilbert
Psychology Press, 2001 - Drama - 469 pages
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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This anthology encompasses both internationally admired 'classics' and previously unpublished texts, all dealing with imperialism and its aftermath.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
*media representation

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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 ... Read full review

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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 ... Read full review

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Helen Gilbert lectures in Drama and Theatre Studies at the University of Queensland. She is co-author of Post Colonial Drama: Theory, Practice and Politics.

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