‘Fi Wi Story’: Moments in the Emergence of a Caribbean Theatre we Can Own

Man Better Man, Pantomime and Lionheart Gal

Authored by: Carolyn Allen

The Routledge Companion to Anglophone Caribbean Literature

Print publication date:  June  2011
Online publication date:  June  2011

Print ISBN: 9780415485777
eBook ISBN: 9780203830352
Adobe ISBN: 9781136821745


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An essay on selected dramatic texts presents a peculiar challenge. The play as text and literary object appears, typically, some time after its birth on stage. Moreover, it should not be ignored that the overwhelming majority of staged performances never make it to print. Publication becomes a mark of the writer’s achievement of an international reputation and the command of academic interest. While publication may facilitate theatrical production, it is largely as textbooks that the published play becomes a viable product on the market. Writing then of the significance of a play requires consideration of its making and performance, as well as its contribution to the body of the region’s creative output in print.

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