Derek Walcott and West Indian Drama: Not Only a Playwright But a Company. The Trinidad Theatre…

Paperback | October 1, 1997

byBruce King

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Written at Derek Walcott's suggestion, and based on interviews with the playwright and actors, this is the first detailed study of a post-colonial theatre company and the problems of creating `serious' theatre in the former colonies. The book shows how Walcott strove to create a world classtheatre ensemble in the West Indies - a Trinidadian Brecht Berliner ensemble - and traces his life and career in West Indian theatre, and the history of the Trinidad Theatre Workshop. Beginning with an actors' studio and the vision of a West Indian theatre company of international standards withits own style of acting, Derek Walcott developed the most important theatre company in the West Indies. This was the company which first performed his Dream on Monkey Mountain, the musical version of Ti-Jean and his Brothers, The Joker of Seville, and O Babylon! A major contribution to West Indian history and theatre, Bruce King's study reveals the heroic will of Derek Walcott and his actors, and their determination to prove that West Indian drama was a force with which to be reckoned.

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Written at Derek Walcott's suggestion, and based on interviews with the playwright and actors, this is the first detailed study of a post-colonial theatre company and the problems of creating 'serious' theatre in the former colonies. The book shows how Walcott strove to create a world class theatre ensemble in the West Indies - a Trini...

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Written at Derek Walcott's suggestion, and based on interviews with the playwright and actors, this is the first detailed study of a post-colonial theatre company and the problems of creating `serious' theatre in the former colonies. The book shows how Walcott strove to create a world classtheatre ensemble in the West Indies - a Trinid...

Bruce King has held professorships or distinguished visiting professorships at Ibadan, Lagos, Stirling, Windsor (Canada), Canterbury (NZ), Ben Gurion (Israel), Paris III, Paris VII, and North Alabama. He is author of Three Indian Poets (OUP New Delhi, 1991); The New English Literatures: Cultural Nationalism in a Changing World (Macmil...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:426 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 1.06 inPublished:October 1, 1997Publisher:Oxford University Press

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Table of Contents

List of IllustrationsPart I. Roots 1948-19651. 1948-1959 Forming a Vision2. 1959-1965 The Little Carib Theatre WorkshopPart II. The Great Years (West Indian Style) 1966-19763. 1966 The Basement Theatre; The First Season4. 1967 Dream on Monkey Mountain in Canada; The First Tours5. 1968 Dream on Monkey Mountain; Henri Christophe; Homeless Again; The Five-Island Tour6. 1969 Dream in Connecticut and for NBC7. 1970 A New Ti-Jean; Black Power; Aquarius IV8. 1971 Ti-Jean and Dream in Jamaica; In A Fine Castle9. 1972 Ti-Jean in Central Park; Astor Johnson; Theatre Fifteen; Pieces One10. 1973 The Second Season; Franklin; The Charlatan11. 1974 An American Charlatan; A New Dream; A West Indian The Joker of Seville12. 1975 The Joker Revised and on Tour13. 1976 O Babylon!; Carifesta; TTW Dance Company; Walcott's ResignationPart III. Separation and Reconciliation 1977-199314. 1977-1983 The trinidad Theatre Workshop and Dance Company15. Walcott 1977-1981 Pantomime; Remembrance; Marie Laveau16. Walcott 1982-1983 The Last Carnival; A Branch of the Blue Nile17. Walcott 1984-1990 Haytian Earth; Another New Dream; Another Branch; Another Franklin18. 1984-1993 The Trinidad Theatre Workshop; 'Let Resurrection Come!'Theatre CalendarSelect BibliographyIndex

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Written at Derek Walcott's suggestion, and based on interviews with the playwright and actors, this is the first detailed study of a post-colonial theatre company and the problems of creating 'serious' theatre in the former colonies. The book shows how Walcott strove to create a world class theatre ensemble in the West Indies - a Trinidadian Brecht Berliner ensemble - and traces his life and career in West Indian theatre, and the history of the Trinidad Theatre Workshop.

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`substantial study...this book is essentially the story of a very particular theatre company as it grew up and evolved over four tempestuous decades on Trinidad...Bruce King's account of the Workshop and the man is admirably clear and to the point...this is a superb book - scholarly,scrupulous, immensley detailed but also very readable...a major achievement.'Planet - the Welsh Internationalist