• Intercultural to cross-cultural theatre: Tara arts and the development of British Asian theatre

      Ukaegbu, Victor (Intellect, 2013-12-31)
      Developments in small scale theatre and dance sectors, from low to medium scale companies and those that started from one category and then evolved into other formats beg the question as to what the term UK small-scale' theatres really means. This national picture is repeated even more so in the huge body of innovative and often radical works, radical in terms of format, process and contexts, that take place outside mainstream theatre and the practitioners whose works derive from a combination of ideological and artistic motives. This piece interrogates the ideological, social and artistic impulses and trajectory in UK's diverse Asian population that led to the creation of theatres that addressed her lived historical experiences in Asia and the diaspora, and the journey to a distinctive Asian theatre and performance aesthetic in the UK and how the form has not only destabilised generally homogenised concept of Black British theatre and multiculturalism, but evolved important sub-categories in British Asian performances. This development sets the scene for theatre practitioners and critics, notably Jatinder Verma and Tara arts theatre to evade stereotyping and pigeon-holing whilst charting a much wider trans-national agenda for both Asian and non-European performance forms in the UK. Keywords: Diaspora, Asian, 'Binglish', Interculturalism, Multiculturalism, Trans-culturalism. 
    • Post-colonialism and performance: political, cultural and pedagogic legacies and constraints

      Ukaegbu, Victor (Repertório, Salvador, 2018-03-30)
      Most postcolonial societies continue to bear the scars of European colonialism in their sociocultural, political and pedagogic domains. Neo-colonialist relationships with their erstwhile colonisers continue to affect the historical and material conditions of every postcolonial nationstate to the extent of shaping the synergy between indigenous and foreign cultural systems and how postcolonial societies model their new universes.This essay looks broadly at the state of post-colonialism in the 21st century, it argues that while there are opportunities, postcolonial performance is still subject to Political, Cultural and Pedagogic constraints. 
    • Reverberations across small-scale British theatre: politics, aesthetics and forms

      Duggan, Patrick; Ukaegbu, Victor (Intellect, 2013-12-31)
      Between 1960 and 2010, a new generation of British avant-garde theatre companies, directors, designers, and performers emerged. Some of these companies and individuals have endured to become part of theatre history while others have disappeared from the scene, mutated into new forms, or become part of the establishment. Reverberations across Small-Scale British Theatre at long last puts these small-scale British theatre companies and personalities in the scholarly spotlight. By questioning what 'Britishness' meant in relation to the small-scale work of these practitioners, contributors articulate how it is reflected in the goals, manifestos, and aesthetics of these companies.
    • Setting the scene: introducing reverberations

      Duggan, Patrick; Ukaegbu, Victor (Intellect, 2013-12-31)
      This chapter reflects on the myriad of cultural, sociopolitical, educational and performance traditions in the United Kingdom from the end of WW2 and the rationale for the types and contexts of practitioners and works researched and interrogated in the volume. From this vast topography the authors debate changes in UK's post-WW2 theatre scene, why some concepts and practices have survived and why some have gone out of business. such a landscape calls for a different reading strategy that is designed to both make sense of the selected pieces of works and companies but which more importantly, extends to how researchers and practitioners might read other works.