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Refugee Performance
Practical Encounters

Edited by Michael Balfour
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Exploring theatre works created for, by, and with refugees, this hybrid collection of essays combines newly commissioned scholarly work with examples of writing by refugees themselves. These varied contributions illuminate performances that range from theatre in Thai refugee camps to site-specific works staged in a run-down immigrant community in the United Kingdom. An exciting addition to the growing field of applied theatre, Refugee Performance provides inspiring insight into the resilience and creativity of artists responding to one of the most critical issues of our time.

Chapter titles
Chapter 1: Iraqi Memories. A Personal and Poetic Exploration of Homecomings, Departures and Arrivals from a Theatre Director Who Fled Iraq in 1987 and Returns Home Again
Niz Jabour
Chapter 2: On Stitches
Michael Balfour and Nina Woodrow
Chapter 3: Health Theatre in a Hmong Refugee Camp: Performance, Communication, and Culture
Dwight Conquergood
Chapter 4: Play Extract: Forged in Fire
A performance text created by Okello Kelo Sam, Laura Edmondson,and Robert Ajwang’
Chapter 5: Narrative Theatre as an Interactive Community Approach to Mobilizing Collective Action in Northern Uganda
Yvonne Sliep, Kaethe Weingarten, and Andrew Gilbert
Chapter 6: Marketing Trauma and the Theatre of War in Northern Uganda
Laura Edmondson
Chapter 7: Encounters in the Aida Refugee Camp in Palestine: Travel Notes on Attending Alrowwad Theatre’s Production of Handala (2011)
Rand T. Hazou
Chapter 8: Rape as War Strategy: A Drama from Croatia
Sanja Nikcevic
Chapter 9: Far Away, So Close: Psychosocial and Theatre Activities with Serbian Refugees
Guglielmo Schininà
Chapter 10: Play Extract: Refugees
Zlatko Topcic (Translated into English by Davor Diklic)
Chapter 11: ‘Politics Begins as Ethics’: Levinasian Ethics and Australian Performance Concerning Refugees
Tom Burvill
Chapter 12: Refugee Performance: Encounters with Alterity
Michael Balfour
Chapter 13: Repeat Performance: Dancing DiDinga with the Lost Boys of Southern Sudan
Felecia Faye McMahon
Chapter 14: Theatre as a Healing Space: Ping Chong’s Children of War
Yuko Kurahashi
Chapter 15: Drama and Citizenship Education: Tensions of Creativity, Content and Cash
Sarah Woodland and Rob Lachowicz
Chapter 16: Inclusive Democracy: A Consideration of Playback Theatre with Refugee and Asylum Seekers in Australia
Rea Dennis
Chapter 17: Hospitable Stages and Civil Listening: Being an Audience for Participatory Refugee Theatre
Alison Jeffers
'A commendable resource' – Choice by A. H. Fabos

'Editor Michael Balfour collates seventeen chapters which offer a comprehensive overview of the types of performance practices that can emerge from areas of displacement, and liminal or temporary spaces ... Its strength lies in this multi-regional approach' – Studies in Theatre and Performance, Dawn Fowler

'[the book] presents an impressive array of perspectives on refugee performance by social workers, folklorists, writers, lawyers, theatre artists, and refugees themselves.' – S.E. Wilmer, Journal Contemporary Theatre Review

'This book is the first comprehensive collection of essays on the practices and criticism of refugee performance. It presents a much needed wide range of reflections and analyses on refugee performance and procedural experiences from diverse approaches and regions. Through the lenses it provides, the book examines the aesthetics of contextualised performances, creative tensions and the dynamics of theatre as a healing space.' – Jessica A. Kaahwa, South African Theatre Journal

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