An Introduction to Post-Colonial Theatre by Brian Crow

By Brian Crow

During this ebook Brian Crow and Chris Banfield offer an advent to post-colonial theater via focusing on the paintings of significant dramatists from the 3rd global and subordinated cultures within the first global. Crow and Banfield reflect on the performs of such writers as Wole Soyinka and Athol Fugard and his collaborators, Derek Walcott, August Wilson and Jack Davis, and Badal Sircar and Girish Karnad. every one bankruptcy comprises an informative checklist of fundamental resource fabric and extra studying in regards to the dramatists. The publication should be of curiosity to scholars and students of theater and cultural background.

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78), and laments that 'she ain't here to see the Sydney that she wanted'. Clodia confirms it later when she tells Agatha: 'He asked for you. Like he was showing his teacher what he had learnt' (p. 90). Even revolutionary activity, it's suggested, is borrowed clothing; 'another Carnival', according to the young black journalist Brown. The only escape is the boat out, which in the last scene of the play Clodia is waiting to take. These plays are not without their dramatic weaknesses. The Last Carnival, the richest of them, works well in its first half, in the story of Agatha and her encounter with Victor and his household in a new, strange and stirring land.

The same is true of other American cities, the largely black populations of Harlem or Watts for example, inhabiting in crucial respects a different world, a different reality from those mainly white, middle-class people who live sometimes only a few blocks away in New York and Los Angeles. Periodically, as we know, the frustrations, resentments and anger accompanying these extraordinary material discrepancies within the same society have exploded into large-scale race riots and rebellions. But even when American cities with large black populations are 'peaceful7, the simmering discontents hardly breaking the surface of routine life, there are still constant reminders of black deprivation not only in the obvious material appearances of poverty, but in the soaring crime rates, the violence on the streets, the prevalence of such ills as drug and alcohol abuse and prostitution, and the statistics relating to employment, education and health.

That he has had on Monkey Mountain, which has caused him to go berserk and in his madness claim to be 'the direct descendant of African kings, a healer of leprosy and the Saviour of his race7 (p. 225). As he describes how the overwhelming effect of the apparition makes him fall unconscious to the ground, the scene changes and the action takes over from Makak7s narrative. He is woken by Moustique, who has come to collect his business partner to sell their charcoal at market. Makak tells his sceptical, down-to-earth friend of his early morning encounter with the white woman, which he insists was not a dream.

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