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Staging black feminisms: identity, politics, performance

Staging black feminisms: identity, politics, performance

Goddard, Lynette, 1966-

Goddard explores the development and principle of black British women's plays and performance since the late 20th century. Using contemporary performance theory to explore key themes, she offers close textual readings and production analysis of a range of plays, performance poetry and live art works

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Published Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007
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Statement of responsibility: Lynette Goddard
ISBN: 0230801447, 9780230801448
Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Note: Formerly CIP.
Physical Description: ix, 229 p.
Series: Performance interventions
Subject: English drama Women authors History and criticism.; Theatre studies; Black theater Great Britain History 20th century.; Performing Arts; Feminist theater Great Britain History 20th century.; Feminism & feminist theory; Ethnic studies; Gender studies: women & girls; Dance; Literary studies: c 1900 to c 2000; Lesbian theater Great Britain History 20th century.; Gender studies, gender groups; Literary studies: plays & playwrights; Cultural studies; The arts: general issues; Women in the theater Great Britain History 20th century.; United Kingdom, Great Britain; English drama Black authors History and criticism.; English drama 20th century History and criticism.; Performing arts; Society & culture: general
Reproduction: Electronic reproduction. Askews and Holts. Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Series Title: Performance interventions.
Other formats: Also available in printed form ISBN 9781403986405


  1. Acknowledgements
  2. Introduction
  4. Black British Women and Theatre: An Overview
  5. Black Feminist Performance Aesthetics
  7. Winsome Pinnock's Migration Narratives
  8. Jacqueline Rudet (Re)Writing Sexual Deviancy
  9. Jackie Kay and Valerie Mason-John's Zamis, Lesbians and Queers
  11. Black Mime Theatre Women's Troops
  12. Solo Voices: Performance Art, Dance and Poetry
  14. Black Feminist Futures?
  15. Notes
  16. Bibliography
  17. Index

Author note

LYNETTE GODDARD is a Lecturer in the Department of Drama and Theatre, Royal Holloway, University of London, UK


Staging Black Feminisms sets out to challenge perceptions of black women's theatre work as inherently feminist. Drawing on black feminist theories of identity and theories of black and feminist performance form, it analyzes key themes such as migration, motherhood, sexuality, mixed race identity and interracial relationships, in a range of late twentieth- and early twenty-first-century black British women's plays and performances. Case studies explore plays by Winsome Pinnock, Jackie Kay, Valerie Mason John, Jacqueline Rudet and debbie tucker green, alongside devised performance, dance, poetry and live art by Black Mime Theatre Women's Troop, Patience Agbabi, SuAndi, Dorothea Smartt and Susan Lewis.


'...a welcome addition to a growing body of scholarly work on black and Asian theatre in Britain... Goddard's book... helps paint a picture of a richly diverse, provocative, and energetic movement that deserves a significantly bigger place on the stage.' - Meenakshi Ponnuswami, Modern Drama

'A major strength is Goddard's attention to black women's performance art and poetry alongside and in relation to theatre, and her readings of the highly innovative work of debbie tucker green... a sensitive and incisive account of a growing body of work.' - Susan Croft, Theatre Research International

'It offers an invaluable critical archiving of work which has had a precarious existence after its staging...Goddard's specialization is impressive and groundbreaking - especially in her insightful restitution of black lesbian texts and performances.' Deirde Osborne, Contemporary Theatre Review