Product Description This book looks at four performances in Africa and uses these to question the tendency in much western and non-western scholarship the idea that cultures produce the kind of performances that satisfy the aesthetic and social needs of people. Review 'African Theatres and Performances is perhaps the first book by an African scholar to assert its prerogative to apply the term African to a specific tribal or regional performance tradition without feeling the need to fulfil the post-imperial requirement of felicitating with regional traditions elsewhere on the continent. The book is a bold and brilliant intervention in cultural and performance studies on Africa, and I hope that it will help to refocus African theatre pedagogy and inspire other focused reading of Africa's vast performance forms and traditions.' - Platform 'The descriptions of the particular events attended for the writing of this book are admirable in their clarity, including fascinating details...Readers are thus treated to a description of the amazing jifa leaps of the Bori performers, and the author takes them into the environment of the Jaliya Balunde...where the energy of the event virtually leaps off the page. Okagbue convincingly demonstrates how vibrant, popular, meaningful and contemporary these performance forms remain for the communities concerned... This book is thus a delightful, accessible and most useful updating of an area of performance study that has been under-researched in recent years.' - Theatre Research International 'An original contribution to the field of performance research... a fascinating study... African Theatres and Performances offers incisive reflection on the notions of darama, theatre and performance.' - Studies of Theatre and Performance About the Author Dr Osita Okagbue is Lecturer in the Drama department of Goldsmiths College, University of London.