Key questions about the relationship between theatre, performance, national identity and the nation are explored in a new collected of essays entitled Theatre & Performance in Small Nations, published by Intellect.
Drawing on examples ranging from small European ‘stateless’ nations (Catalonia, Scotland, Wales), First Nations (Indigenous Australia, Latino US) and nations whose relationship to powerful neighbours radically affects their sense of cultural autonomy, the book interrogates the notion of ‘nation’ in the twenty-first century.
Edited by Professor Steve Blandford, Director of the University of Glamorgan’s Centre for the Study of Media and Culture in Small nations, it includes contributions from Rea Dennis, Ian Brown, Cathy Leeney and Aparna Sharma.
According to the editor: ‘The book argues that the culture of small nations offers vital insights into the way people relate to national identity in a globalised world. The desire for the small and the local at many different levels is all around us and the book taps into that desire via a study of the flowering of theatre and performance traditions in small nations in a variety of global contexts’.
The book will be launched – alongside two other recent publications, Radio in Small Nations (ed. Richard J Hand and Mary Traynor) and Life on Mars (ed. Stephen Lacey and Ruth McElroy) – at a special event at Chapter Arts Centre, 4-7pm on Wednesday 13 February. For tickets please email: firstname.lastname@example.org