The Playful Revolution

The Playful Revolution

Theatre and Liberation in Asia
Eugene Van Erven
Distribution: World
Publication date: 08/22/1992
ISBN: 978-0-253-11288-0
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The Playful Revolution is an entertaining journal.... exemplary... " —Illusions

The Playful Revolution breaks new ground by documenting developmental theatre in Asia in its current socio-political and economic ethos... " —New Theatre Quarterly

[T]his book is the account of a personal journey through Asia, a written documentary of a quest to find political theatre that really works and that possesses a vitality and passion that the contemporary Western theatre seems to have lost." —from the book

In this groundbreaking book, van Erven reports on the liberation theatre movements throughout Asia, which include a diverse collection of creative artists whose politics range from liberal to revolutionary but who all share a common goal of using grass-roots theatre as an agent of liberation.

Author Bio

EUGÈNE VAN ERVEN is Lecturer in the American Studies program at the University of Utrecht and author of Radical People’s Theatre.

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Table of Contents


I. Revolution, Freedom, and Theatre
II. Building Stages of People Power: The Philippines Educational Theater Association
III. Inside the Philippine Theatre of Liberation Network
IV. Resistance Theatre in South Korea: Above and Underground
V. The Factionalized Indian Theatre of Liberation
VI. Killed in Action: Safdar Hashmi’s Street Theatre in Delhi
VII. Of Stages and Mosques: The Irresistible Rise of Pakistan’s Political Theatre
VIII. Beyond the Shadows of Wayang: Theatre of Liberation in Indonesia
IX. Theatre of Liberation Experiments in Thailand
X. Conclusion