Ian Gregory Strachan




Theater in the Bush: Art, Politics and Community in the Bahamas

Playwright, novelist, poet, and critic, Ian Strachan locates the theater company he founded in 1996 within the tradition of political theater in the African Diaspora. He gives an account of the cultural, social, and political dynamics in The Bahamas that were the impetus for trying to create his own theater company, Track Road Theater. The piece outlines some of the challenges he and his actors and fellow writers faced as artists while trying to achieve their goal, which was and is, equipping the general public with more critical sensibility, promoting tolerance and democratic ideals, and eschewing political corruption and the culture of patronage.

globalization, tourism, exile, class, community, postcolonial, censorship, identity

Citation: Social Justice Vol. 34, No. 1 (2007): 80-96