Theatre and War provides a vital addition to those theatre practitioners and scholars interested in how the arts might work within contemporary conflict zones. Nandita Dinesh’s work provides insight both to practices in contexts that have not been previously documented—Nagaland, Guatemala, Kashmir for example—and also offers an approach to analysis that is refreshingly immediate. Drawing on her personal experiences, and providing a critical appraisal of them, we learn about community theatres in complex sites of violence and upheaval—and in presenting accounts of these interventions we learn about both the dynamics of these conflicts and how theatre might operate to challenge and question them. A great book for all interested in the importance of theatre and the arts to our contemporary, violent world.
Professor of Applied and Social Theatre, The University of Manchester
This book is a fine addition to the literature, not only on theatre and war but more generally, on applied and educational theatre and art making.
"Theatre and War: Notes from The Field by Nandita Dinesh (2016)". Applied Theatre Research (2049-3010), vol. 4, no. 3, 2016. doi:10.1386/atr.4.3.269_5
These images are visual representations of the strategies proposed for Why, Where, Who, What, and When: seeking to function as an accessible 'map' for practitioners who are in the field and do not want to carry the entire book with them.