British South Asian Theatres: A Documented History (with accompanying DVD) - Exeter Performance Studies (Hardback)
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British South Asian Theatres: A Documented History (with accompanying DVD) - Exeter Performance Studies (Hardback)

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Hardback 280 Pages / Published: 09/02/2012
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The book includes a complimentary DVD providing an album of rare and previously unpublished items from private collections: historical documents, programmes, designs, photographs, and clips from recordings of rehearsals and productions.

British South Asian companies have formed one of the most significant features of theatre throughout the world in the last thirty years. Drawing on archive material and an extensive series of personal interviews, this exciting new book reverses the neglect of this vital element in the history of contemporary theatre - the vibrant presence of South Asians in theatre in Britain.

British South Asian Theatre provides a detailed picture of the activity of twelve remarkable theatre companies and one major arts centre, including Tara Arts, Tamasha, Kali, Rasa and Rifco, making use of a wide range of new interviews with the practitioners involved and extensive research in the archives of those companies, it also contains a survey of British based South Asian language theatres by Chandrika Patel.

This is a major contribution to the understanding of diasporic arts through one of the most impressive movements of its kind in the world.






Publisher: University of Exeter Press
ISBN: 9780859898324
Number of pages: 280
Dimensions: 234 x 156 x 30 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
`This work is particularly vital in relation to those theatres, operating in the 1970s and 80s that had been previously neglected' `...it is immensely useful to see the work of the better-documented Tara Arts alongside other early initiatives' `...it is inspiring to see a vital history retrieved from memory and archives' (Unfinished Histories, November 2012) `These two books do all of us interested in the evolution of British theatre a valuable service' `These two books are complementary, accessible, rigorous and an exciting read.' `the editors and contributors have succeeded in bringing the uninterrupted history of South Asian theatre in this country, in all its multifaceted glory, into the light.' (Hassan Mahamdallie, Theatre Notebook, Volume 67(2), 2013) `British South Asian Theatres offers an important step in the process of collecting and assessing the crucial work of Asian diasporic theatre companies in Britain.' `Scholars and students of British theatre will be interested in the wealth of material this book offers, but for added context should examine it with the companion essay collection close to hand.' (Amber Fatima Riaz, Theatre Survey, 55.1, 2014)

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