A History of Theatre in Africa by Martin Banham

By Martin Banham

Supplying a complete account of a protracted and sundry chronicle, this heritage of theater in Africa is constituted of essays written through students within the box. The insurance is geographically vast and comprises an exam of the recommendations of "history" and "theater" in Africa; North Africa; Francophone theatre; Anglophone West Africa; East Africa; Southern Africa; Lusophone African theatre; Mauritius and Reunion; in addition to the African diaspora.

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They required specialist knowledge, skills, objects, dedication, spaces and wealth. This led to the rise of the priestly caste, who were originally intermediaries between Pharaoh and the god and who acquired enormous power, lands, wealth, temples and associated workers while handing down, adjudicating and embellishing the traditions during the thirty dynasties of pharaonic rulers, roughly divided into the Old Kingdom, the Middle Kingdom and the New Kingdom. At first religious and ceremonial occasions dominated the calendar.

He also built the mosque of Al-Azhar as a state mosque for congregational purposes and to be one of the world’s greatest centres of Islamic          studies, which became a pattern for universities throughout the world. For two hundred years Cairo flourished as a centre of Shiite learning and culture. Salah el Din el Ayyubi (Saladin), a Kurd, restored the Sunni Muslim caliphate during his -year rule (–), known as the Ayyubid Dynasty. When he gained control of Egypt he built his own fortified citadel dominating the old developments that he enclosed, and so created the core of the city of Cairo familiar from the stories of The Thousand and One Nights.

The Romans continued to build public baths and forums – such as the odeum of Kom El Dikka in Alexandria – as well as extending Pelusium on the eastern road in Sinai with fortresses, an amphitheatre and baths, and continuing the picnics and visits to Canopus at the Mediterranean mouth of the Canopic branch of the Nile (now extant). The Romans’ love of what has been described as decadent entertainment, riches and luxury appears in a mosaic of a dancing girl performing for a rich family’s picnic (now in the Graeco–Roman Museum in Alexandria).

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