Discuss whether Peter Brook's version of The Mahabharata offers a successful example of intercultural theatre by exploring how it deals with the post-colonial relationship between Britain and India

Destiney, Anya (2011) Discuss whether Peter Brook's version of The Mahabharata offers a successful example of intercultural theatre by exploring how it deals with the post-colonial relationship between Britain and India. BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    This thesis is a study into the success of Peter Brook's adaptation of ancient Sanskrit text The Mahabharata as a piece of intercultural theatre. Brook is also explored as an example of the relationship between Britain and the Orient since Colonialism, and how this affects or hinders cross-cultural representations. It focuses on the influences and aims of Brook that lead him to attempt The Mahabharata, comparing these intentions with the reality of his ethical conduct in India and the accuracy of representation within the production itself. Post production analyses will be made of Brook's staging, use of 'mise en scene', the way he deals with a multi-cultural cast and Carriere's translation and editing of the original text. Two central types of critique shall be employed to do this; the theories of post-structuralism and semiotics presented by Jacques Derrida and Roland Barthes. Brook's post-colonial attitude itself shall then be examined using the theory of 'Orientalism' to reveal misconceptions and schemas about India. A further study by Rustom Bharucha also highlights how Brook's portrayal is reductionist, marred by post-colonial romanticist view of the 'Orient'. The findings will then be evaluated to conclude whether The Mahabharata fulfils the aims of interculturalism and how it is reflective of Britain's post colonial role with the East.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries > School of Media and Performing Arts
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 22 Mar 2012 10:05
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:58
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/7009

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