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agitprop

agitprop  

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Formed from the title of the Department of Agitation and Propaganda founded in 1920 in Soviet Russia, Agit-prop was intended to control the ideological thinking of the masses. Agit-prop trains toured ...
Ajoka

Ajoka  

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Founded in 1980 by Madeeha Gauhar in Lahore, Ajoka is a leading alternative theatre in Pakistan. Meaning ‘dawn of a new day’ in Punjabi, Ajoka began with street theatre against ...
Alan Bolt

Alan Bolt  

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(1951– )Nicaraguan director and playwright. Bolt was initially supportive of the Sandinista revolution but later openly critical of some of its policies. His play Banana Republic (1982) tells the ...
alternative theatre

alternative theatre  

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A phrase often used to embrace the successive waves of unconventional theatre and performance groups that formed almost everywhere in the second half of the twentieth century, especially following ...
angura

angura  

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Japanese avant-garde movement, also called ‘little theatre’ (shōgekijō) movement. Angura (‘underground’) rose from a dissatisfaction with the politics and aesthetics of orthodox modern theatre ...
auto sacramental

auto sacramental  

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Spanish term for the religious play in the vernacular which derived from the Latin liturgical drama. Although its development followed in general that of the mystery play, it had by ...
Avignon Festival

Avignon Festival  

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Founded by Jean Vilar in 1947, as part of the decentralizing of French theatre. Vilar, director of the Théâtre National Populaire (1951–63), continued to develop the Festival until his death ...
bhand

bhand  

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A traditional theatrical form of Kashmir, popularly called Bhānḍ-pathar or Bhānḍ-jashn. Pathar means a play, and jashn, a festival. In the repertoire of Bhānḍ, there are many plays, such as ...
Bread and Puppet Theatre

Bread and Puppet Theatre  

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An unconventional performing group without a distinct home, company, or financial plan, the group was founded in 1961 in New York by Peter Schumann whose philosophy is that “theatre is ...
Calcutta

Calcutta  

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Was founded on 24 August 1690 by Job Charnock of the English East India Company at Kalikata on the banks of the Hooghly river in Bengal. It grew quickly as Bengal displaced Madras as the company's ...
Caribbean

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The Caribbean region consists primarily of a chain of islands, 2,000 miles long, that frames the northern and eastern boundaries of the Caribbean Sea. The chain curves from Cuba, the ...
carnival

carnival  

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A period of public revelry at a regular time each year, as during the week before Lent in Roman Catholic countries, involving processions, music, dancing, and the use of masquerade. Recorded from the ...
circus

circus  

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In 1919 the Georgian artist Nikolai Foregger lectured the Union of International Artists of the Circus on his conviction in a renaissance of the circus. He evoked theatre as the ...
Dacia Maraini

Dacia Maraini  

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(1936– )Italian writer. Maraini has helped found three theatre companies: Blu (1967), whose aim was to give Italian authors access to the stage, Centocelle (1970), named after the Roman housing ...
Das Rote Sprachrohr

Das Rote Sprachrohr  

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Literally ‘The Red Mouthpiece’, the most important German agitprop theatre during the Weimar Republic. Founded by M. Vallentin and members of the Communist Youth Organization, the company's ...
Ewan MacColl

Ewan MacColl  

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(1915–89).Born as Jimmy Miller in Salford, of Scottish parents, Ewan MacColl was one of the key architects of the post-war folk-song revival, and a dominant but controversial figure in its ...
fireworks

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A traditional feature of outdoor theatrical performance, especially in religious drama and pageant. With the advance of the microchip, a spectacular computer-controlled ‘theatre of fire’ has been ...
Helsinki

Helsinki  

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Finland was ruled by the kingdom of Sweden until 1809, when it became an autonomous grand duchy of Russia with Helsinki as the capital. The first playhouse was opened in ...
impersonation

impersonation  

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N.Pretending to be another person. It is an offence (rape) to impersonate a woman's husband in order to persuade her to have sexual intercourse (R v Elbekkay [1995] Crim LR 163), to impersonate the ...
Inter-Action

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Set up in 1968 as a cooperative by American Ed Berman, producing theatre in education and pioneering lunchtime theatre, they eventually ran many community theatre projects, running the Fun Art ...

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