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‘But [We] Will Delve One Yard Below Their Mines/And Blow Them at the Moon’: Two Gents—‘Africa’, Shakespeare, and the Silent Revolution

  • Arne Pohlmeier
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Abstract

This chapter is about us, a small London-based theatre company, our work on Shakespeare, our journey to the 2012 Globe to Globe Festival, how it relates to Africa on the London Stage, and how all this constitutes a silent revolution—written from the perspective of our director and instigator, Arne Pohlmeier. My aim is to highlight the ways in which our work shifts the term ‘African’ away from the traps of orientalism and neo-colonial discourse and towards an enriching and empowering discourse of cultural agency. The ways our work effectively shifts our audiences’ perception of what is African, what the term means, and what it contributes to both the act of performance and the lived experience of the audience will also be discussed.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Two Gents ProductionsLondonUK

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