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CUP book

Rebellious Mirrors

20 November 2023

By Paul Maunder 


August 2013
Softback, 272pp
228 x 152mm
ISBN: 978-1-927145-45-6

This unique account of community-based theatre – theatre created by professionals working with communities – challenges the mainstream history of New Zealand theatre. Rebellious Mirrors looks at the early production of theatre in Aotearoa/New Zealand, investigates the experimental period of the 1970s, which is seen as searching for an authentic role, portrays the beginnings of Māori theatre, and gives a comprehensive portrait of a field of work during the period 1990–2010: work that took place within the contradictory framework of neo-liberalism.

Rebellious Mirrors

Paul Maunder has had a life-long career in New Zealand theatre, beginning in experimental group theatre, exploring political and bicultural theatre, with occasional forays into the mainstream, before becoming
committed to community-based theatre. He recently completed his PhD at the University of Canterbury. His book Coal and the Coast: A reflection on the Pike River disaster was published by CUP in 2012.

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