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Dr Awo Mana Asiedu takes us through the history of Ghanaian theatre in this wide-ranging academic Masterclass. From traditional storytelling through to the creation of a literary theatre approach, Ghanaian theatre has been evolving and adopting influences over the centuries, adapting to new circumstances and technologies. What remains throughout history has been its interaction with audiences.

In Ghana, the role of theatre criticism has not been developed a great deal. The development of a professional independent theatre industry has been patchy and uneven yet, African performance, nurtured by university study and Ghanaian culture is part of the everyday life of people. The everyday life of the people nurtures African theatre in Ghana, as elsewhere on the continent. African theatre has much to contribute to the world of theatre and the development of a specific vocabulary to describe and document what is unique to African theatre could be helpful in marking out African contributions to this universal art form. At the end of the interview consider these issues for discussion.

Film 1: Introductions
Film 2: Would you define Ghanian theatre?
Film 3: What does authenticity in African Theatre mean to you?
Film 4: Tell us more about theatre and performance in Ghana
Film 5: Name a few Ghanaian plays
Film 6: What is the relationship between Ghanian folklore and Ghanian theatre?
Film 7: What are your views on the call for an African theatre vocabulary?
Film 8: What is your advice to African practitioners in the diaspora?
Film 9: Tell us about theatre criticism in Ghana
Film 10: Do you include the audience in your theatre process?
Film 11: What is the difference between theatre in the west and theatre in Ghana?
Film 12: Parting Words