Author Mzo Sirayi Takes Readers to an Exploration of Pre-colonial African Theatre

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Book presents the essence of South Africa’s theatrical arts and rich cultural heritage.

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Informative and compelling, South African Drama and Theatre from Pre-colonial Times to the 1990s: An Alternative Reading provides an in-depth examination of pre-colonial theatre and drama in South Africa. Author Mzo Sirayi, a researcher and a specialist, challenges schools of thought in South African drama, which he contests is not at all transformed.

Eye-opening, Sirayi’s book perspicaciously examines the misconstrued interpretations of the African culture which began during the introduction of the European version of Christianity. These misrepresentations eventually led many Africans into disowning their heritage as African cultures were considered “unchristian” and “savage”. As a domino effect, these prejudices had extended into the arts wherein the scholars and researchers had tremendously ignored African theatre as full focus was given to European arts.

This literary work deviates from the conventional western paradigm by exploring the true context of African theatre, illustrating the genuine definition of drama to its very core. As a way of reintroducing the society to the true definition and essence of African theatre/ drama performances, this book gives readers a comprehensive analysis of the existence of the pre-colonial African theatre, along with South African traditional occasions, celebrations and performances.

Intriguing and educational, South African Drama and Theatre from Pre-colonial Times to the 1990s: An Alternative Reading is an authentic literary masterpiece that pays tribute to a rich African culture that has been well-preserved over a long period of time, despite the corruptions of western influence and the loopholes in some historical studies.

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About the Author
Mzo Sirayi, PhD is a professor of drama and cultural policy at the Tshwane University of Technology in Pretoria, South Africa. Currently, he is the executive dean of the Faculty of the Arts in the same university. He is the author of many accredited articles, chapters in books and books. He has also presented many papers in local and international conferences. He has served as a national and local cultural policy consultant. Sirayi, along with his wife Lindy and their two children Inathi and Luvo, lives in Pretoria, South Africa.        

South African Drama and Theatre from Pre-colonial Times to the 1990s: An Alternative Reading * by Mzo Sirayi
Publication Date: July 9, 2012
Trade Paperback; £13.99; 209 pages; 978-1-4771-2082-8
Trade Hardback; £23.99; 209 pages; 978-1-4771-2083-5
Ebook; £3.99; 978-1-4771-2084-2

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