Theatre in Africa is part of the tradition of oral literature—a total performance which includes storytelling, music, drama, song and mimicry, and in which the audiences actively involved. Mineke Schipper shows that for more than African playwrights the oral tradition is still an important source of inspiration, even when they tackle contemporary themes such as the conflict of generations, corruption and westernisation. This book is concise introduction to a topic of interest to all is children's of the arts in Africa.
“Boeiend [toont] Toneel en Maatschappij in Afrika de eigenheid van een van het Westen afwijkende ontwikkeling aan.” Annie Romein-Verschoor , Vrij Nederland
“Helderheid is het eerste wat opvalt.” Margaretha Ferguson , Het Vaderland
“Uncommon gift for dealing simply and tersely with complicated matters… the best thematic initiation to African drama in existence.” Research in African Literatures
“This book is a solid and elegant presentation of the state of African theatre today.” The African Book Publishing Record
“Schipper’s well-written treatise will help greatly in promoting understanding of both domestic theatrical art and its purpose.” Rand Daily Mail
“Well-researched and thoughtfully presented.” The Natal Witness
“Bien documentée et d’une lecture captivante.” Cultures et développement