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South African Theatre


School of Theatre, Performance and Cultural Policy Studies

TH216 - Aspects of Theatre and Performance: South African Theatre

Tutor: Dr Yvette Hutchison (email: Y dot A dot Hutchison at warwick dot ac dot uk)

Spring Term 2012

Seminars: Monday 1100-1300

Room: G52

50% = 1 x 3000 word essay (essay questions to be released in week 5)
50% = 1 x 1.5 hour exam in the summer term

Module Description: 
The aim of this module is to trace South African Theatre from pre-colonial performance by indigenous peoples, through the process of colonisation, urbanisation, Apartheid, to the post-Apartheid period. It will particularly focus on how the socio-historic and economic changes have affected the development of theatre in South Africa. Students will explore the following examples of theatre: early indigenous story-telling and enactment and the impact of early colonial plays – Dutch, English, French; Urban developments of forms like isicathymina (soft shoe dance and choir competitions (Eisteddford) and popuar plays like Gibson Kente’s work; Afrikaans Theatre (in translation), and the importance of Christianity as a frame; Collaborative Theatre and the emergence of Protest Theatre; Black Consciousness Theatre – eg. Manaka, Maishe Maponya and Post-Apartheid trends