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New Light on Tony Harrison$
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Edith Hall

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780197266519

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197266519.001.0001

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Tony Harrison: Nigeria, Masque and Masks

Tony Harrison: Nigeria, Masque and Masks

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New Light on Tony Harrison

Rachel Bower

British Academy

Rachel Bower pays unprecedented attention to Aikin Mata, the version of Aristophanes’ bawdy comedy Lysistrata that Harrison wrote and produced with the Irish poet, James Simmons, when they were teaching at Ahmadu Bello University in Northern Nigeria in 1965. She argues that this encounter with indigenous African performance idioms has had a lasting influence on his later creative practice as well as the emergence of intercultural approaches in world theatre more widely.

Keywords:   Nigeria, Aikin Mata, Lysistrata, Tony Harrison

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