Nigeria—Revisiting Language in Two Wole Soyinka Plays

Nigeria—Revisiting Language in Two Wole Soyinka Plays

Dele Layiwola* But when we understand the nature of language in terms of expression, we give it a more comprehensive definition by incorporating expression, as one among many activities, into the total economy of those achievements by which man makes

Inside/Outside: Six Plays from Palestine and the Diaspora

Inside/Outside: Six Plays from Palestine and the Diaspora

Edited by Ismail Khalidi and Naomi Wallace 400 pp. New York: Theatre Communications Group Reviewed by Marjan Moosavi* (Iran/Canada) “Plays written by Palestinians have an uphill battle in order to see the light of the stage. Palestinian dramatists do not

The Methuen Drama Guide to Contemporary South African Theatre

The Methuen Drama Guide to Contemporary South African Theatre

Edited by Martin Middeke, Peter Paul Schnierer and Greg Homann 392 pp. London and New York: Bloomsbury Reviewed by Temple Hauptfleisch* (South Africa) The aim of this volume of essays is to provide insights into theatre in South Africa since

The Routledge Dictionary of Performance and Contemporary Theatre

The Routledge Dictionary of Performance and Contemporary Theatre

By Patrice Pavis 360 pp. London and New York: Routledge Reviewed by Philippe Rouyer* (France) Le Dictionnaire du théâtre de Patrice Pavis date de 1980 et de nombreuses révisions 1987, 2009 et 2015 ont fait de cet ouvrage un outil

South Africa—Towards Collective Action: Improvised Performance Jozi Style

South Africa—Towards Collective Action: Improvised Performance Jozi Style

Sarah Roberts* and Kieran Reid**   A visit to the significant places and spaces that mark the shaping of a society is always a moving experience. You leave with a better experience of understanding the turmoil involved in establishing a

And the Rest is Silence

And the Rest is Silence

Margareta Sörenson* Stilla liv, written and directed by Lars Norén. Set and costumes: Charles Coroly. Lighting design: Mira Svanberg. National Dramatic Theatre, Stockholm, Sweden. Premiere: March 18, 2017. A play without words—is it still a play? Dramatic theatre can have

Hold Up That Mirror And Preen: South African Solo Theatre At Its Finest

Hold Up That Mirror And Preen: South African Solo Theatre At Its Finest

Robyn Sassen* The Echo of a Noise is written, directed and performed by Pieter-Dirk Uys. It premiered at the National Festival of the Arts in Grahamstown, South Africa, in 2016. Fruit is written and directed by Paul Noko and performed

South Africa—Theatre Lost, Performance Found?

South Africa—Theatre Lost, Performance Found?

Loren Kruger* In 2006, years before South African critic Brent Meersman lamented in this journal (2013) that theatre had been crushed between state indifference and crass commercialism, Malcolm Purkey, then artistic director of the Market Theatre in Johannesburg, remarked ironically

French Language Theatre in Africa: Connecting to the Francophonie

French Language Theatre in Africa: Connecting to the Francophonie

Ousmane Diakhaté* The sub-Saharan countries referred to as francophone Black Africa actually divide into four groups: the countries of the former French West Africa; the countries of the former French Equatorial Africa; the former French colonies of the Indian Ocean;

Into the Intricacies of Memory: Journey into Strelitzia

Into the Intricacies of Memory: Journey into Strelitzia

Mosunmola Omowunmi Adeojo* Strelitzia, written and directed by Donna Ogunnaike. Experimental Theatre Production. Premiered at Freedom Park, Lagos, March 2, 2017. Cast: The Beckoning Voice: Torpedo Mascaw, The Life Force: Jennifer Ohia, The Guitarist and Gatekeeper: Toniloba Akinola, The Emotional