Contemporary African Plays
Death and the King's; Anowa; Chattering and the Song; Rise and Shine of Comrade; Woza Albert!; Other War
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Contemporary African Plays by Martin Banham
Book DescriptionThe only current anthology to survey the rich variety of contemporary African drama The plays included in this volume are: Death and the King's Horseman by Wole Soyinka; Anowa by Ama Ata Aidoo; The Chattering and the Song by Femi Osofisan; The Rise and Shine of Comrade Fiasco by Andrew Whaley; Woza Albert! by Percy Mtwa, Mbongeni Ngema and Barney Simon; and The Other War by Alemseged Tesfai.Contemporary African Drama brings together some of the best writers writing from an African viewpoint today.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780413723307
(198mm x 130mm x 25mm)
Imprint: Methuen Drama
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publish Date: 1-Jan-1999
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Martin Banham
Contemporary Women, Paperback (November 2015)
Looks at the lives, challenges and contributions of African women from across the continent to making and participating in theatre in the 21st century.
African Theatre 13: Ngugi wa Thiong'o and Wole Soyinka, Paperback (November 2014)
Directors and collaborators assess and comment on the production of plays by West Africa's Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka and East Africa's most influential author Ngugi wa Thiong'o.
History of Theatre in Africa, Paperback (December 2008)
This book aims to offer a broad history of theatre in Africa, covering the entire continent.
Cambridge Guide to African and Caribbean Theatre, Paperback (January 2005)» View all books by Martin Banham
Comprehensive alphabetical guide to theatre in Africa and the Caribbean: national essays and entries on countries and performers.
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Author Biography - Martin Banham
Percy Mtwa was born and bred in Wattville, Benoni. In 1979 director Gibson Kente gave him a role as singer/dancer in Mama and the Load, which played at the Market and Baxter Theatres and toured South Africa. Mbongeni Ngema was born in Umkumbane, Durban. He wrote and presented a play, Too Harsh, appeared in Kessie Govender's Working Class Hero, then wrote and, with Kessie's help, directed The Last Generation. In 1979 he came to Johannesburg and approached Gibson Kente for work, finally getting a character role in Mama and the Load, where he met Percy Mtwa. Barney Simon, founding Artistic Director of the Market Theatre, was born in Johannesburg. After backstaging for Joan Littlewood in the late 1950s, he joined Athol Fugard in Johannesburg's Dorkay House Rehearsal Room where The Blood Knot was first staged. He directed Fugard in Krapp's Last Tape and the first production of Fugard's own Hello and Goodbye. In 1974 he founded the Company with Mannie Manim, which made its home in Johannesburg's old Market in 1976. He was the three-time winner of the Breytenbach Epathlon for best director. Barney Simon died in 1995.
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