The long and the short of it: negotiating the right space for Asian theatre in the university drama curriculum
Thorpe, A. (2009) The long and the short of it: negotiating the right space for Asian theatre in the university drama curriculum. Studies in Theatre & Performance, 29 (2). pp. 133-147. ISSN 2040-0616
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This article compares two approaches to teaching Asian theatre at undergraduate level in the United Kingdom. One approach samples a variety of different traditions as a means to challenge students to produce performance for a combined audience of hearing and deaf, whereas the other focuses on the effect of exploring one geographical area intensively over the course of one academic year. The article seeks to highlight the merits and pitfalls of both approaches, and questions whether student work that actively questions ethnicity and identity, as well as the tension between innovation and tradition, might be considered diasporic in character.