Theaterwissenschaft München



Christopher Balme: Decolonizing the Stage

Theatrical Syncretism and Post-Colonial Drama (1999)

Decolonizing the Stage is a major study devoted to post-colonial drama and theatre. It examines the way dramatists and directors from various countries and societies have attempted to fuse the performance idioms of their indigenous traditions with the Western dramatic form. These experiments are termed »syncretic theatre«. The study provides a theoretically sophisticated, cross-cultural comparative approach to a wide number of writers, regions and theatre movements. It combines cultural semiotics with performance analysis to provide an important contribution to the growing field of post-colonial drama and intercultural performance.