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
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