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New Territories

Theatre, Drama, and Performance in Post-apartheid South Africa


Edited By Greg Homann and Marc Maufort

South African theatre, drama, and performance is a vibrant and rapidly developing area of contemporary theatre studies. In this critical anthology of essays and interviews, some of the world’s most respected scholars and practitioners writing and working in the area of South African theatre today share their detailed examinations and insights on the complex and contradictory context of post-apartheid society. Loosely grouped into the categories of Theatre, Drama, and Performance, the essays collected here offer a sampling of work being staged, produced, and written in the country today. The contributors document, contrast, and analyse significant case studies, representing examples from site-specific performance to new South African plays, from traditional indigenous performance practice to the reimagining of Western classics. The anthology takes the year of South Africa’s first democratic election, 1994, as its departure point and includes a broad range of topics that capture the current paradigm.
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Veronica Baxter [BA (Hons), MA (Natal), PhD (Winchester/Southampton)] has taught at South African and British universities for over 25 years, focusing on applied theatre & drama, directing and South African theatre. Her research is mainly concerned with applied theatre, drama, African theatre and performance.

Marcia Blumberg is an Associate Professor of English at York University, Toronto and is cross appointed to Graduate Theatre and Performance Studies at York. She has presented many conference papers internationally and published widely on contemporary international theatre. She co-edited a book with Dennis Walder, South African Theatre As/And Intervention and is working on a manuscript titled New Directions: Post-Apartheid Theatre in South Africa.

Brian Crow recently retired from the Department of Drama and Theatre Arts at the University of Birmingham. He continues to research and write in his specialist areas and is currently working on a monograph on African literary theatre in English and French. He has taught at universities in Nigeria and Australia, as well as in Scotland and England.

Geoffrey Davis read Modern Languages at Oxford and wrote his PhD on Arnold Zweig and his Habilitation on South African Literature. He taught for many years at the University of Aachen and has held research fellowships at Cambridge, Curtin University (Perth, Aus.) and the University of Texas at Austin. Among his recent publications are the co-edited volumes: African Literature and Beyond (2013); African Literatures: Sources and Resources in African Literature (2013); and Narrating Nomadism: Tales of...

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