A Century of South African Theatre - Cultural Histories of Theatre and Performance (Paperback)
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A Century of South African Theatre - Cultural Histories of Theatre and Performance (Paperback)

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A Century of South African Theatre offers an authoritative, wide-ranging chronicle of a century of theatre and other kinds of performance in South Africa. Its comprehensive coverage includes the Pageant of Union celebrating white South Africa's entry into the British Commonwealth in 1910, through apartheid culture and anti-apartheid protest and testimonial theatre right up to the present dramatization of the problems and conflicts of today's uneven post-apartheid society, where government has promised much and delivered little. The breadth of work considered includes local languages of performance such as Afrikaans and Zulu as well as varieties of English, and local fusions of international forms from melodrama to the musical, tribal epics to avant-garde and multi-media experiments. Building on the author's previous publications in this field, A Century of South African Theatre provides a transnational historical and theoretical framework to highlight South Africa's changing engagement with the world from the days of Empire through the supposed isolation and surreptitious contacts of the apartheid era to the multi-lateral and multi-lingual globalized networks of the 21st century. The final chapters bring the work up to the present: 'The Interregnum: Pitfalls Of Post-Anti-Apartheid Theatre' examines the successful if short-lived application of protest and testimonial theatre to new South African problems especially AIDS and domestic violence, as well as the better known testimonial performances in and around the TRC, while 'South African Performance In The Age Of Globalization' critically evaluates internationally known theatre makers, including the signature collaborations between animator/designer/director William Kentridge, and Handspring Puppet Company, and the recently notorious work of showman Brett Bailey and Third World Bunfight in Exhibit B. The volume is supplemented with further resources including a glossary and chronology.

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9781350008014
Number of pages: 288
Dimensions: 234 x 156 mm

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