n African Performance Review - Culture and Identity in African and Caribbean Theatre, Osita Okagbue : book review

Volume 3, Issue 2_3
  • ISSN : 1753-5964


In Osita Okagbue argues that the connection between African and Caribbean theatres is not simply of colour but one that is deep: cosmological, cultural, historical and metaphysical. Okagbue presents the reader with textual analysis of African and Caribbean dramatic texts balanced with a post-colonial political / theoretical approach that is satisfying for theatre practitioners and theorists. His selection of plays and playwrights includes famous and previously unknown names, for instance, Tsegaye Gabre-Medhin, Mustafa Matura, Cheik Ndao, Femi Osofisan, Bode Sowande, Wole Soyinka, and Derek Walcott, which provide grounds for future research in contemporary African / Caribbean theatre. In his discussion, Okagbue directs us into the area of cultural and postcolonial theory hence demonstrating the underlying dialectical relationship between these literary and performance theories and African / Caribbean worldviews. He explains that when applied in theatre these discourses operate as counternarratives to colonial ideologies.

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