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Staging British South Asian Culture
Bollywood and Bhangra in British Theatre

ISBN 9781138677159
Published December 1, 2017 by Routledge
192 Pages

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Book Description

Staging British South Asian Culture: Bollywood and Bhangra in British Theatre looks afresh at the popularity of forms and aesthetics from Bollywood films and bhangra music and dance on the British stage.

From Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Bombay Dreams to the finals of Britain’s Got Talent, Jerri Daboo reconsiders the centrality of Bollywood and bhangra to theatre made for or about British South Asian communities. Addressing rarely discussed theatre companies such as Rifco, and phenomena such as the emergence of large- scale Bollywood revue performances, this volume goes some way towards remedying the lack of critical discourse around British South Asian theatre.

A timely contribution to this growing field, Staging British South Asian Culture is essential reading for any scholar or student interested in exploring the highly contested questions of identity and representation for British South Asian communities.

Table of Contents

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Chapter One: Bollywood, Bhangra, and Being British

Chapter Two: Mapping Migration: transnational formations of diaspora

Chapter Three: Bollywood and/as Musical Theatre

Chapter Four: Bollywood on Stage: transadaptation and ‘Bollywoodisation’

Chapter Five: Bending Bhangra: Rifco Arts and Bend It Like Beckham: the musical




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Jerri Daboo is Associate Professor of Performance in the Department of Drama at the University of Exeter. Her research explores performance and culture, particularly in the British South Asian communities.