Amid the plethora of academic and cultural mediums, African Theatre, or rather the theatres of the peoples of Africa, remain peripheral. When there is any attempt to give the subject space, it is often a cursory wink and one does not need a second pair of eyes to stumble on ignorant, flawed or limited comprehension of the African character and body in performance spaces, oftentimes riddled with Eurocentric nuances, subjectivities and impressions. It is against that backdrop that The African Theatre Magazine is intent on making the bold attempt of creating an Afrocentric space for African Theatre.
By centring African Theatre in media and cultural discourses, the Magazine seeks to reinvigorate cultural identities, uniqueness and diversity of a continent in a melting pot, with over 54 nations and its diasporas, and each with its heterogony of lore, stories, histories and theatrical cultures. Through news, profiles, reviews, features, photography and other forms, The African Theatre Magazine celebrates the African artist and their art beyond the narrow prisms of ideology, genre, or age.
It is thus a platform for African theatre artists, thinkers, scholars, theorists and all enthusiasts for the theatres of Africa to tell our stories, redefine ourselves and control the narrative. This is a place to share our Africanness and Africaneity through the stories we tell and how we tell them. Welcome. You are home. – Nalubowa Aidah, Founder.
Our goal is to document and share African theatre activities and other performances works and initiatives and in turn immortalise and preserve the works and practices.
To be the largest source and platform for news, ideas and discussions on African theatre. A space for theatre artists, scholars and lovers to share and celebrate our authentic Africanness in all the ways it manifests through theatre.