Public theatre and the enslaved people of colonial Saint-Domingue

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The French colony of Saint-Domingue (now Haiti) was home to one of the richest public theatre traditions of the colonial-era Caribbean. This book examines the relationship between public theatre and the enslaved people of Saint-Domingue—something that is generally given short shrift owing to a perceived lack of documentation. Here, a range of materials and methodologies are used to explore pressing questions including the ‘mitigated spectatorship’ of the enslaved, portrayals of enslaved people in French and Creole repertoire, the contributions of enslaved people to theatre-making, and shifting attitudes during the revolutionary era. The book demonstrates that slavery was no mere backdrop to this portion of theatre history but an integral part of its story. It also helps recover the hidden experiences of some of the enslaved individuals who became entangled in that story.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationCham
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages278
ISBN (Electronic)9783031226915
ISBN (Print)9783031226908, 9783031226939
Publication statusPublished - 15 Apr 2023


  • Theatre
  • Slavery
  • Enslaved people
  • Saint-Domingue
  • Caribbean
  • Performance


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