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Black British Women's Theatre

Intersectionality, Archives, Aesthetics

Palgrave Macmillan

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  • This is the first critical study of black British women's theatre to centre unpublished playscripts and other archival materials, many of which have not previously been studied in print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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Table of contents (7 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xiii
  2. Theatre of Black Women

    • Nicola Abram
    Pages 23-84
  3. Munirah Theatre Company

    • Nicola Abram
    Pages 85-122
  4. Black Mime Theatre: The Women’s Troop

    • Nicola Abram
    Pages 123-159
  5. Zindika

    • Nicola Abram
    Pages 161-200
  6. SuAndi

    • Nicola Abram
    Pages 201-227
  7. Conclusion: In the Spirit of Sankofa

    • Nicola Abram
    Pages 229-247
  8. Back Matter

    Pages 249-264

About this book

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 It finds there a cache of unpublished manuscripts and production recordings distinctive for their non-naturalistic aesthetics.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.

Keywords

  • black British women's theatre
  • non-naturalism
  • intersectionality
  • feminism
  • Theatre of Black Women
  • Munirah Theatre Company
  • Black Mime Theatre Women's Troop
  • Zindika
  • SuAndi
  • debbie tucker green
  • archives
  • aesthetics

Authors and Affiliations

  • University of Reading, Reading, UK

    Nicola Abram

About the author

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.

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eBook USD 89.00
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  • ISBN: 978-3-030-51459-4
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Softcover Book USD 119.99
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Hardcover Book USD 119.99
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