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  • Page extent: 280 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 0.58 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 792/.013
  • Dewey version: 22
  • LC Classification: PN2049 .T39 2004
  • LC Subject headings:
    • Theater and society

Library of Congress Record


 (ISBN-13: 9780521817295 | ISBN-10: 0521817293)

Theatre and Empowerment examines the ability of drama, theatre, dance and performance to empower communities of very different kinds, and it does so from a multi-cultural perspective. The communities involved include poverty-stricken children in Ethiopia and the Indian sub-continent, disenfranchised Native Americans in the USA and young black men in Britain, victims of violence in South Africa and Northern Ireland, and a threatened agricultural town in Italy. The book asserts the value of performance as a vital agent of necessary social change, and makes its arguments through the close examination, from 'inside' practice, of the success - not always complete - of specific projects in their practical and cultural contexts. Practitioners and commentators ask how performance in its widest sense can play a part in community activism on a scale larger than the individual, 'one-off' project by helping communities find their own liberating and creative voices.

• A multicultural and international study, covering Europe, Africa and India • Contributions from scholars as well as playwrights and practitioners of community drama • A cross-disciplinary approach combining drama with cultural studies and anthropology


Introduction Richard Boon and Jane Plastow; 1. The Wedding community play project: a cross-community production in Northern Ireland Gerri Moriarty; 2. Il Teatro Povero di Monticchiello, Italy Richard Andrews; 4. 'What happened to you today that reminded you that you were a black man?': the process of exploring black British masculinities in performance Michael Macmillan; 5. Wielding the cultural weapon after apartheid: Bongani Linda's Victory Sonqoba Theatre Company, South Africa Stephanie Marlin-Curiel; 6. Dance and transformation: the Adugna Community Dance Theatre, Ethiopia Jane Plastow; 7. The day of mourning/Pilgrim Progress in Plymouth, USA: contesting processions: a report on performance, personification and empowerment Ricardo Villanueva; 8. South Asia's Child Rights Theatre for Development: the empowerment of children who are marginalised, disadvantaged and excluded Michael Etherton; 9. Theatre - a space for empowerment: celebrating Jana Sanskriti's experience in India Sanjoy Ganguly.


Richard Boon, Jane Plastow, Gerri Moriarty, Richard Andrews, Michael Macmillan, Stephanie Marlin-Curiel, Ricardo Villanueva, Michael Etherton, Sanjoy Ganguly

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