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‘No Straight Answers’: Writing in the Margins, Finding Lost Heroes

Adebayo, Mojisola; Mason-John, Valerie and Osborne, Deirdre. 2009. ‘No Straight Answers’: Writing in the Margins, Finding Lost Heroes. New Theatre Quarterly, 25(1), pp. 6-21. ISSN 0266-464X [Article]

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Mojisola Adebayo and Valerie Mason-John are two distinctive voices in contemporary writing and performance - representing Afro-Queer diasporic heritage through the specific experience of being black, British and lesbian. Creating continuities from contorted or erased histories (personal, social and cultural) their drama demonstrates both Afro-centric and European theatrical influences, which in Mason-John’s case, is further consolidated in her polemic, poetry and prose. Like Britain’s most innovative and prominent contemporary black woman dramatist, debbie tucker green, they reach beyond local or national identity politics, to represent universal themes and to centralise black women’s experiences. With subject-matter that includes royal families, the care system, racial cross-dressing and global ecology, Adebayo and Mason-John have individually forged a unique aesthetic and perspective in work which links environmental degradation with social disenfranchisement and travels to the heart of whiteness along black-affirming imaginative routes.

Item Type:

Article

Identification Number (DOI):

https://doi.org/10.1017/S0266464X09000025

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Theatre and Performance (TAP)

Dates:

DateEvent
February 2009Published

Item ID:

5854

Date Deposited:

03 Oct 2011 12:18

Last Modified:

03 Jul 2017 11:34

Peer Reviewed:

Yes, this version has been peer-reviewed.

URI:

http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/5854

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