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    DescriptionIn this survey of theatre forms in sub-Saharan Africa from pre-colonial times to the present day, popular theatre is interpreted widely to include not only conventional drama, but such non-literary forms of performance as dance, mime, dramatised story-telling, masquerades, improvised urban vaudeville theatre, and the theatre of resistance and social action. The book also considers theatre embedded in the modern media of film, radio and television. Kenya: EAEP

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    African Popular Theatre
    From Precolonial Times to the Present Day
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) David Kerr
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 290
    Width: 140 mm
    Height: 216 mm
    Thickness: 16 mm
    Weight: 371 g
    ISBN 13: 9780852555330
    ISBN 10: 0852555334

    BIC E4L: PER
    BIC subject category V2: AN
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1H
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T1.8
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    Ingram Theme: CULT/AFRICN
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    Ingram Theme: ETHN/AFRICN
    BISAC V2.8: PER011020, LIT013000, LIT004010
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    DC21: 792.0967
    BISAC V2.8: LCO001000
    DC22: 792.0967
    LC classification: 95010210
    Thema V1.0: DNT, DSG, ATD
    Illustrations note
    1, black & white illustrations
    James Currey
    Imprint name
    James Currey
    Publication date
    21 September 1995
    Publication City/Country
    Review quote
    'For those of us who attempt to teach both francophone and anglophone African theater, David Kerr's studies in popular theater ranging from very early precolonial times (sixteenth century) to the post-apartheid era are already providing a godsend. He himself is the first to point out, in a remarkably self-deprecating preface, that there are lacunae in this work, but his achievement is important in that all the different guides to the theatre in general or to African theatre in particular...lack a synthetic, chronological approach linking together theatrical movements and influences in various countries to the changing perspectives of African economies and politics.' - Ann Fuchs in Research in African Literatures 'Kerr is informative on every page...In his preface Kerr modestly pleads that his book is not definitive. Since new theatre is being created all the time it could never be so, but it will do for a very long time to come, enthralling to theatre historians and Africanists alike.' - Alastair Niven in The Times Higher Educational Supplement 'Kerr's admirably documented African Popular Theatre is a must for an Africanist library.' - Harold A. Waters in World Literature Today 'David Kerr has produced one of the most intriguing, comprehensive and informative studies of African theatre that exists and we are all in his debt ... One of the most exciting and informative features of this book is the manner in which it offers a genuinely pan-African view and creates reference and relationships in terms of popular theatre practice across boundaries both of time and place ... This is a study that belongs on every booklist for courses in African theatre; it is written with informed enthusiasm and is not only required reading for anyone concerned with African politics, history and performance, but also pleasurable reading.' - Martin Banham in Leeds African Studies Bulletin
    Table of contents
    Pre-colonial African popular theatre; colonialism and theatre; the reaction of indigenous African theatre to colonialism; Syncretic popular theatre - militaristic mime; concert party and Yoruba theatre; literary drama and popular theatre; the travelling theatre movement; theatre for development; popular theatre and macro-media; populist theatre and national ideology in modern Africa; popular theatre and the struggle for liberation in southern Africa; towards a theatre of popular struggle.