Black British Women's Theatre

Intersectionality, Archives, Aesthetics

Authors: Abram, Nicola

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  • This is the first critical study of black British women's theatre to centre unpublished playscripts and other archival materials, many of which have not previously been studied in print
  • Focuses on theatrical form, tracing how selected companies, practitioners and playwrights have creatively responded to racism and sexism
  • Builds on the pioneering monographs by Gabriele Griffin (2003) and Lynette Goddard (2007), heralding a timely shift towards examining and enjoying the depths of this rich field
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This book marks a significant methodological shift in studies of black British women’s theatre: it looks beyond published plays to the wealth of material held in archives of various kinds, from national repositories and themed collections to individuals’ personal papers. It finds there a cache of unpublished manuscripts and production recordings distinctive for their non-naturalistic aesthetics. Close analysis of selected works identifies this as an intersectional feminist creative practice.

Chapters focus on five theatre companies and artists, spanning several decades: Theatre of Black Women (1982-1988), co-founded by Booker Prize-winning writer Bernardine Evaristo; Munirah Theatre Company (1983-1991); Black Mime Theatre Women’s Troop (1990-1992); Zindika; and SuAndi. The book concludes by reflecting on the politics of representation, with reference to popular postmillennial playwright debbie tucker green.

Drawing on new interviews with the playwrights/practitioners and their peers, this book assembles a rich, interconnected, and occasionally corrective history of black British women’s creativity. By reproducing 22 facsimile images of flyers, production programmes, photographs and other ephemera, Black British Women’s Theatre: Intersectionality, Archives, Aesthetics not only articulates a hidden history but allows its readers their own encounter with the fragile record of this vibrant past.

About the authors

Nicola Abram is Lecturer in Literatures in English at the University of Reading, UK. She has previously published on plays by debbie tucker green, Helen Oyeyemi, and Winsome Pinnock, and on the history of black British and British Asian arts collectives.

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Black British Women's Theatre
Book Subtitle
Intersectionality, Archives, Aesthetics
Authors
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-51459-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-51459-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-51458-7
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-51461-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 264
Number of Illustrations
24 b/w illustrations
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