Derek Walcott and West Indian Drama by Bruce King
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Derek Walcott and West Indian Drama
By Bruce King

Derek Walcott and West Indian Drama

Not Only a Playwright But a Company - The Trinidad Theatre Workshop, 1959-93

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Derek Walcott and West Indian Drama by Bruce King

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Written at Derek Walcott's suggestion, and based on interviews with the playwright and actors, this is the first detailed study of a post-colonial theatre company and the problems of creating 'serious' theatre in the former colonies. The book shows how Walcott strove to create a world class theatre ensemble in the West Indies - a Trinidadian Brecht Berliner ensemble - and traces his life and career in West Indian theatre, and the history of the Trinidad Theatre Workshop. Beginning with an actors' studio and the vision of a West Indian theatre company of international standards with its own style of acting, Derek Walcott developed the most important theatre company in the West Indies. This was the company which first performed his Dream on Monkey Mountain, the musical version of Ti-Jean and his Brothers, The Joker of Seville, and O Babylon! A major contribution to West Indian history and theatre, Bruce King's study reveals the heroic will of Derek Walcott and his actors, and their determination to prove that West Indian drama was a force with which to be reckoned.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780198184645
ISBN-10: 0198184646
Format: Paperback
(216mm x 139mm x 27mm)
Pages: 426
Imprint: Clarendon Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 4-Sep-1997
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Bruce King

Bruce King has held professorships or distinguished visiting professorships at Ibadan, Lagos, Stirling, Windsor (Canada), Canterbury (NZ), Ben Gurion (Israel), Paris III, Paris VII, and North Alabama. He is author of Three Indian Poets (OUP New Delhi, 1991); The New English Literatures: Cultural Nationalism in a Changing World (Macmillan, and St Martin's Press NY, 1980); Literatures of the World in English (Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1974); and series editor of English Dramatists (Macmillan - 14 books); and Modern Dramatists (Macmillan, Grove Press and St Martin's Press, NY).

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