1st Edition

Theatre and Performance in East Africa

By Osita Okagbue, Samuel Kasule Copyright 2021
    190 Pages 12 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    190 Pages 12 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Theatre and Performance in East Africa looks at indigenous performances to unearth the aesthetic principles, sensibilities and critical framework that underpin African performance and theatre.

    The book develops new paradigms for thinking about African performance in general through the construction of a critical framework that addresses questions concerning performance particularities and coherences, challenging previous understandings. To this end, it establishes a common critical and theoretical framework for indigenous performance using case studies from East Africa that are also reflected elsewhere in the continent.

    This book will be of great interest to students and scholars of theatre and performance, especially those with an interest in the close relationship between theatre and performance with culture.

    Chapter One Introduction; Chapter Two The Abevugyi/Abasizi of Ankore (Uganda) and Rwanda: Praise Recitation Performance; Chapter Three Identity Rituals of the Bamasaba and the Babukusu of Uganda and Kenya; Chapter Four Bwola and Larakaraka of the Acholi of Northern Uganda; Chapter Five Abadongo and Inanga Itinerant Musicians of Rwanda and Uganda; Chapter Six Gacaca: Performance and Nation; Chapter Seven Conclusion; Bibliography; Glossary


    Osita Okagbue is a Professor of Theatre and Performance at Goldsmiths, University of London.

    Samuel Kasule is Professor in Postcolonial Theatre and Performance, University of Derby.