n African Performance Review - Repression and comedic performances : Kamuzu Banda's rule and Kwathu's and Umodzi's

Volume 2, Issue 2_3
  • ISSN : 1753-5964


In this article I focus on re-reading what in African theatre and drama is described as 'radical', 'relevant' or 'committed' productions versus the so-called 'escapist', and 'mere entertainment' commercially staged comedies. Without undermining their standing, I recast the politically justified debate about 'committed theatre', using philosophical positions by postcolonialists such as Achille Mbembe, Terence Ranger, Francois Bayart and James Scott, before re-reading the so called 'escapist' comedies to disclose their commitment.

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