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1st Edition

Black British Drama
A Transnational Story

ISBN 9781138917866
Published April 20, 2017 by Routledge
240 Pages

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Book Description

Black British Drama: A Transnational Story looks afresh at the ways black theatre in Britain is connected to and informed by the spaces of Africa, the Caribbean and the USA.

Michael Pearce offers an exciting new approach to reading modern and contemporary black British drama, examining plays by a range of writers including Michael Abbensetts, Mustapha Matura, Caryl Phillips, Winsome Pinnock, Kwame Kwei-Armah, debbie tucker green, Roy Williams and Bola Agbaje. Chapters combine historical documentation and discussion with close analysis to provide an in-depth, absorbing account of post-war black British drama situated within global and transnational circuits.

A significant contribution to black British and black diaspora theatre studies, Black British Drama is a must-read for scholars and students in this evolving field.

Table of Contents



Note on the Text


Section 1: The USA

Chapter 1: African Americanisation, Black Power and black British drama since the 1970s.

Chapter 2: Black Power legacies in Kwame Kwei-Armah’s Elmina’s Kitchen, Fix Up and Statement of Regret.

Chapter 3: African American myths, music, icons in Mojisola Adebayo’s Moj of the Antarctic and Muhammad Ali and Me.

Section 2: The Caribbean

Chapter 4: Creolisation and the creole continuum in Caribbean British drama.

Chapter 5: Coming to voice – Roy Williams’ The No Boys Cricket Club, Lift Off, Fallout and Sing Yer Heart out for the Lads.

Chapter 6: African accents – Bola Agbaje’s Gone Too Far!, Detaining Justice and Off the Endz.

Section 3: Africa

Chapter 7: Home to host-land and the hyphen in-between – African British diasporic dramas since the 1990s.

Chapter 8: Multiple personality diasporic disorder – Inua Ellams’ The 14th Tale and Untitled.

Chapter 9: Empathy in diaspora – debbie tucker green’s stoning mary, generations and truth and reconciliation.



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Michael Pearce is a Lecturer in Socially Engaged Theatre at the University of Exeter, UK.