Black and Asian Theatre In Britain: A History (Paperback)
  • Black and Asian Theatre In Britain: A History (Paperback)

Black and Asian Theatre In Britain: A History (Paperback)

Paperback 292 Pages / Published: 27/04/2011
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Black and Asian Theatre in Britain is an unprecedented study tracing the history of `the Other' through the ages in British theatre. The diverse and often contradictory aspects of this history are expertly drawn together to provide a detailed background to the work of African, Asian, and Caribbean diasporic companies and practitioners.

Colin Chambers examines early forms of blackface and other representations in the sixteenth century, through to the emergence of black and Asian actors, companies, and theatre groups in their own right. Thorough analysis uncovers how they led to a flourishing of black and Asian voices in theatre at the turn of the twenty-first century.

Figures and companies studied include:

Ira Aldridge

Henry Francis Downing

Paul Robeson

Errol John

Mustapha Matura

Dark and Light Theatre

The Keskidee Centre

Indian Art and Dramatic Society


Edric and Pearl Connor

Tara Arts

Yvonne Brewster



Black and Asian Theatre in Britain is an enlightening and immensely readable resource and represents a major new study of theatre history and British history as a whole.

Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
ISBN: 9780415375986
Number of pages: 292
Weight: 508 g
Dimensions: 235 x 159 x 15 mm


"It is one of the great strengths and, importantly, pleasures of this book, that it moves well beyond a mere chronicling of activities and individuals into a sensitive description of battles fought and prejudices encountered." - Martin Banham, African Theatre

'An important and long overdue book on the huge contribution that Black and Asian artists have made and continue to make to Britain's theatrical landscape.' - Meera Syal

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