Birmingham City Council

Black and Asian British Dramatists


An Introductory Book List

Compiled by Arts, Languages and Literature Service, Floor 3, Central Library,
Chamberlain Square, Birmingham B3 3HQ, Telephone 0121 303 4227
E-mail: arts.library@birmingham.go.uk
www.birmingham.gov.uk/artslibrary

This select list is intended as an introduction to Library resources and websites. To locate works relating to these dramatists please check the library catalogue or ask the staff for help. Lending copies can be requested at any Community Library, at the Central Library or through the online catalogue.

If you are visiting Birmingham Libraries, copies of the list can be obtained from Arts, Languages and Literature, Floor 3, Central Library, Chamberlain Square, Birmingham B3 3HQ and via your local Community Library.

It is hoped that the list will encourage and stimulate interest in these dramatists and their works. Plays

The following dramatists with examples of their works are available in Arts, Languages and Literature(ALL) . Please note ALL material can only be used in the library.



ABBENSETTS, Michael
Four Plays, ALL 822.914

AHMAD, Rukhsana
Song for a sanctuary
(in Six plays by Black and Asian women writers ALL 822.9108)

ALI, Tariq
The illustrious corpse ALL 822.9

BAINS, Harwant
Blood, a play ALL 822.9

BANDELE-THOMAS, Biyi
Brixton stories ALL 822.9

BHATTI, Gurpreet Kaur
Behsharam (shameless) ALL 822.92

BOAKYE, Paul
Boy with beer (in Black Plays 3 ALL 822.9108)

CHOWDHRY, Maya
Monsoon (in Six plays by Black and Asian women writers ALL 822.9108)

COOKE, Trish
Running dream (in Six plays by Black and Asian women writers ALL 822.9108)

DGUIAR, Fred
A Jamaican airman foresees his death (in Black Plays 3 ALL 822.9108)

ELLIS, Michael
Chameleon

FAGON, Alfred
Lonely cowboy (in Black Plays ALL 822.9108)

GREEN, Debbie Tucker
Born bad ALL 822.9

GREER, Bonnie
Munda Negra (in Black Plays 3 ALL 822.9108)

GREWAL, Ray
My Dad's Corner Shop ALL 822.92

GUPTA, Tanika
Hobson's choice ALL 822.9

IKOLI, Tunde
The Lower Depths (in Black Plays ALL 822.9108)

JOHN, Errol
Moon on a rainbow shawl ALL A822.91


KAY, Jackie
Twice over (in Gay Sweatshop ALL 822.9108)

KUREISHI, Hanif
London kills me ALL 822.91

KWEI-ARMAH, Kwame
Elmina's kitchen ALL 822.92

LOVELACE, Earl
The dragon can't dance (in Black Plays 2 ALL 822.9108)

MATURA, Mustapha
Six plays ALL 828.9972902

NORFOLK, Mark

Knock down ginger ALL 822.914

OSHODI, Maria
Blood sweat and fears (in Black Plays 2 ALL 822.9108)

PHILLIPS, Caryl
Shelter ALL A822.91

PINNOCK, Winsome
Talking in tongue (in Black Plays 3 ALL 822.9108)

RECKORD, Barry
Skyvers (in New English Dramatists B808.82)

RIVER, Sol
Plays 2 ALL 822.9

RUDET, jacqueline
Basin (in Black Plays ALL 822.9108)

SIMON, David
Mountaintop ALL 822.914

SOYINKA, Wole
Collected Plays ALL 896.02

SYAL, Meera
My sister-wife (in Six plays by Black and Asian women writers ALL 822.9108)

WALCOTT, Derek
Three Plays ALL 828.9972902

WILLIAMS, Roy
Clubland 822.9

ZEPHANIAH, Benjamin
Job rocking (in Black Plays 2 ALL 822.9108)

ZINDIKA
Leonora's dance (in Six plays by Black and Asian women writers ALL 822.9108)

BREWSTER, Yvonne (1987, 1989 & 1995)
Black plays: 1, 2 & 3 - BOAKYE, Paul; ELLIS, Michael; FAGON, Alfred; GREER, Bonnie; IKOLI, Tunde;
OSHODI, Maria; PINNOCK, Winsome; LOVELACE, Earl; RUDET, Jacqueline; ZEPHANIAH, Benjamin
ALL 822.9108
Lending copy available of Black Plays 3

GEORGE, Kadija ed. (1993)
Six plays by Black an Asian women writers: AHMAD, Rukhsana; CHOWDHRY, Maya;
PINNOCK, Winsome; SYAL, Meera; ZINDIKA
ALL 808.29287

Please ask your local library or check the library catalogue for more information about lending material.

Background Information

ALLEN, Paul (1991)
Discussion with Yvonne Brewster Typescript.
ALL S656.12pQ BRE

ASTON, Elaine & REINELT, Janelle eds. (2000)
The Cambridge companion to modern British women playwrights.
ALL 822.914099 AST

ASTON, Elaine (1995)
An introduction to feminism and theatre.
ALL 792.082 AST

BENSON, Eugene & CONNOLLY, L.W. eds. (1994)
Encyclopaedia of postcolonial literature in English. 2vols.
ALL K828.990903 BEN

BRANCH, William B. ed.
Crosswinds, an anthology of black dramatists in the diaspora.
ALL 808.82008996 BRA

CONTEMPORARY AUTHORS. 2000
ALL BQ928

CONTEMPORARY AUTHORS
This is available online as part of the Literature Resource Centre. You can access this on computers in Birmingham Libraries and on home and office computers if you are a library member. Log in using the first 14 letters and numbers from your library card with no spaces
Literature Resource Centre, including Contemporary Authors

DABYDEEN, DAVID (1988 & 1997)
A reader's guide to West Indian and black British literature.
ALL 828.9972909 DAB
Lending copies available

DICTIONARY OF LITERARY BIOGRAPHY: Vols 117, 125, 157.
ALL BQ 810.3 DIC

DRAIN, Richard (1995)
Twentieth Century theatre, sourcebook of radical thinking.
ALL 792.0904 DRA

GRIFFITHS, Trevor R. & LLEWELLYN-JONES, M. eds. (1993)
British and Irish Women dramatists since 1958.
ALL 822.914099287 GRI
Lending copy available

GUPTARA, P. (1986)
Black British Literature: an annotated bibliography.
ALL A013.03 GUP

KHAN, Naseem (1980)
Britain's new arts.
ALL Ap 791.0942 KHA

PROCTER, James ed. (2000)
Writing Black Britain, 1948-98: an interdisciplinary anthology.
ALL 820.80896041 PRO
Lending copies available

STONE, Judy (1994)
Theatre: Studies in West Indian literature
ALL 828.997290209 STO
Lending copy available

SULTER, Maud ed. (1990)
Passion: discourses on blackwomen's creativity.
Central Lending Library 701.15 Black Writing: General

UGWU, Catherine ed.
Let's get it on: the politics of black performance.
ALL EC 20402

Articles

Black and Asian British Dramatists information file.
Copies of these articles are available for use in the Library.
ALL 822.91 BLA

BASSETT, Kate
Home is where the hut is.
The Times 4 Oct. 1996
Social Sciences (Floor 4) microfilm and CD-ROM in some libraries

BILLINGTON, Michael
Arts: Theatre: White Out: Is there a crisis in Black theatre in Britain?
The Guardian 18 Oct. 2000
Social Sciences (Floor 4) microfilm and CD-ROM in some libraries

BILLINGTON, Michael
Review: Theatre: Nightmare Visions of Brixton Street Life
The Guardian 19 Oct. 2001
Social Sciences (Floor 4) microfilm and CD-ROM in some libraries

CHAUDHURI, Anita
Arts: Theatre: The drugs bard.
The Guardian 15 Feb. 2002
Social Sciences (Floor 4) microfilm and CD-ROM in some libraries

CONNOR-MOGOTSI, Pearl
Our Olympian struggle.
www.chronicleworld.org/archive/mogotsi1.htm

CROMPTON, Sarah
Black British Drama takes centre stage
Daily Telegraph 9th July 2003
Social Sciences (Floor 4) microfilm and CD-ROM in some libraries

KOGBARU, Donu
Black stage
The Sunday Times 18 Feb. 1996
Social Sciences (Floor 4) Microfilm and CD-ROM in some libraries

KOLAWOLE, Helen
Beyond Bollywood
The Guardian 1 August 2003
Social Sciences (Floor 4) Microfilm and CD-ROM in some libraries

KWEI-ARMAH, Kwame
Our job is to write about what is in our hearts
The Guardian 6t October 2003
Social Sciences (Floor 4) Microfilm and CD-ROM in some libraries

PHILLIPS, Anton
Review: Arts: Sounding Off: Why is racism so rife ?
The Observer 10 Sept. 2000
Social Sciences (Floor 4) Microfilm and CD-ROM in some libraries

Periodicals

WASAFIRI perspectives on African, Caribbean, Asian and Black British Literature.
ALL BQ 820.80996

GENERAL THEATRE PERIODICALS

Amateur Stage, Modern Drama, The Stage, TDR (The Drama Review) Theatre Record, Total Theatre
 

Websites

www.kalitheatre.co.uk
If you're a theatre enthusiast, an actor, a writer, director or critic, this is where you learn more about Kali. Kali specializes in new writing by Asian women dramatists, but you don't have to be Asian or a woman to take centre stage on this website.

www.talawa.com
Talawa Theatre Company, one of the UK's best known and most prominent black theatre companies. This site is regularly updated with details of forthcoming productions.

www.tamasha.org.uk
Tamasha is a London-based theatre company committed to disclosing the untold stories of Asian and diasporic communities. They commission and create new theatre works that tour nationally and internationally. They use drama to facilitate cultural confidence and understanding within British schools and run professional development initiatives for emerging theatre artists.

www.tara-arts.com
Tara Arts produces theatre for small, medium and large scale theatre houses as well as schools. Touring nationally and internationally, it has performed in several European countries, Turkey, Egypt, the Far East, Japan and Australia. Drawing on Indian theatre-craft, its production-style is visually dynamic, marrying texts with movement, music and costumes.

www.writernet.co.uk/php2/news.php?id=51
This site is a must if you are interested in writing for performance. There are a series of guides providing information and advice.

Audio and Visual Material

 

WOLE SOYINKA: ICA: WRITERS IN CONVERSATION
available to watch in Arts, Languages & Literature
ALL 828.91409 SOY

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