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Title:Shakespeare and surgery in the Eritrean liberation struggle: performance culture in Orota
Author:Matzke, ChristineISNI
Year:2004
Periodical:Journal of Eritrean Studies (Asmara)
Volume:3
Issue:1
Period:May
Pages:26-40
Language:English
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Eritrea
Northeast Africa
Subjects:folk drama
theatre
nationalism
Politics and Government
Architecture and the Arts
History and Exploration
Anthropology, Folklore, Culture
culture
material culture
folklore
Theatrical companies
Abstract:From the mid-1970s, the Eritrean People's Liberation Front (EPLF) maintained a central cultural troupe which mounted variety shows comprising music, songs, dramatic sketches and ancestral dances for propaganda purposes and recreation. However, when in 1978 the army of the Ethiopian Derg regime forced the EPLF into a strategic retreat, the central cultural troupe was temporarily disbanded, while cultural activities were encouraged at all levels of the organization, among combatant and noncombatant units alike. This paper examines the unique performance culture in the EPLF Central Hospital in Orota (near Sudan) during the Eritrean struggle for independence. In this hospital, a theatre group emerged among medical and pharmaceutical staff. The group was unique in that it devoted itself to international literary drama, especially Chekhov and Shakespeare, and quiz and fashion shows. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [ASC Leiden abstract]
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