oa Alternation - Indigenous African Theatre: The Cultural Renaissance of the Disabled Comrade in South Africa

Volume 4, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1023-1757



Academic discussions and publications usually focus on African contemporary theatre which is not oral in nature and neglect the largely unexplored range of indigenous African theatre. The growing volume of contemporary African theatre has produced the notion that the seed of contemporary African theatre came from Europe. Unfortunately it seems that this notion is shared by the schools or departments of drama in South African universities (the University of Cape Town, the University of Natal, the University of Pretoria, the University of the Witwatersrand, the University of Stellenbosch, the University of Zululand and the University of Durban-Westville), since their drama curricula do not include a study of indigenous African theatre written and performed in African languages.

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