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Dramaturgy of space and theatricality of counter-terrorism: <i>Farewell to Babylon</i> and <i>Farewell to a virus of anomie</i> as paradigms

Adediran Kayode Ademiju-Bepo


That the Greeks gave us the theatre as “a seeing place” since the 5th Century BC is no longer contested, because it is a space; space, according to the English Dictionary, being “of unlimited or generalised physical extent or a bounded or specific physical extent”. Consequently, several scholars, including  Peter Brook, have come up with diverse definitions and perceptions about the space of performance. Theatre is “an act of arts and an art of acts”, since  several acts and arts collaborate to ‘terrorise’ the audience into accepting the point of view expressed on stage, the space. Whereas terrorism is a method  which can be used by any group or person and for any kind of motive, terrorism equally involves unlawful and typical random acts of violence or  the threat of such violence employed by an individual, group, or government to achieve political goal, counterterrorism is all about measures intended  to combat or reduce terrorist activities. This paper argues that Nigerian playwrights and dramatists have created drama of counter terrorism to  pass warnings to the public about the contestation for the Nigerian space by many groups or individuals. The theory of social change and the literary  theory of Eagleton are used in looking at two plays which dwell on the theme of counter-terrorism, from different perspectives. The paper concludes that  the dramaturgy of Bode Sowande and ‘Diran Ademiju-Bepo has helped in charting a survival agenda to counter the terrorism of contestation for space. 

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