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[The Introduction lays out the key transnational issues, concepts and debates that are of concern throughout both volumes of A History of East African Theatre. These include matters of form, language, theme, state intervention, training and the position of women. I discuss the need to strengthen...
[This chapter deals with Somali-language theatre across the nations of Somalia, Somaliland, Djibouti, Ethiopia and Yemen. I show how, drawing on the colonial introduction of ideas of theatre to schools in Somaliland in the 1940s, Somali poets took up the form and created a unique mode of theatre...
[Beginning from the shared political and religious history of the highland regions of Ethiopia and Eritrea, this chapter explains the foundations of the regions’ strongest and longest professional theatre tradition. I explain how ideas of theatre were brought to Ethiopia by an Ethiopian who...
[This chapter begins by examining the enormous importance accorded to theatre in both Ethiopia and Eritrea, by both revolutionaries and the state, as a means of discussing socio-political ideas and visions of the future in the period from the overthrow of imperial rule in 1974 to the end the...
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