From the 1940s to the 1980s, Yoruba popular theatre was one of the most spectacularly successful theatres in Africa. Today, these travelling theatre companies have virtually disappeared, largely as a result of economic hardship and the rise of video ...
entertainment. In "The Generation of Plays", Karin Barber recounts the history of the Odin Adejo Theatre Company. Drawing on archival sources as well as extensive interviews and transcriptions of plays, Barber uncovers the pulse points of generation, production, and improvisation that merge when a Yoruba popular dram is brought to the stage.Barber reveals the personalities of the principal actors, how plays are created (from the germ of an idea through the logistics of rehearsal and staging), how a play is made meaningful to its audience, and how a play changes and develops after several productions or according to the sensibilities of its viewers. The expansion of popular dram into television is also considered. This rich and detailed narrative illuminates notions of gender, language, politics, and self as they are expressed in a popular cultural form. "The Generation of Plays" affords a unique view of the social and cultural worlds of the actors and audiences involved in an enterprise that was vital and flourishing.
Number of pages: 504
Date of publication: 30/09/2003
- ISCRIVITI AD ANOBII -
Ti piace The Generation of Plays? Iscriviti ad aNobii per vedere chi dei tuoi amici lo ha letto, e scopri libri simili!