Doomed by Hope: Essays on Arab Theatre; Eyad Houssami

Doomed by Hope: Essays on Arab Theatre; Eyad Houssami

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This is a study of performance during revolution and revolt in the Arab world. Addressing the history of Arab theatre, it centres on legacy of the late Syrian dramatist Saadallah Wannous, whose monumental plays incited audiences to rise up against tyranny decades ago.

With writers from Syria, Egypt, Lebanon, Palestine, Kuwait and Yemen, this book includes both discussions and personal narratives, alongside a number of specially commissioned portraits of contemporary Arab theatre artists.

Exploring cultural practices - from reading plays in a classroom to performing in a security state and directing in theatres, prisons, and international festivals - it uncovers the flourishing of art in times of revolt.

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