On 15 April, via the African Women Playwrights' Network project, Yvette Hutchison launched Woza Africa: Theatre in the African Context, a free digital education resource which she designed with Kenyan playwright JC Niala and Public Engagement Consultant Flo Swann, to introduce teachers, theatre groups and students around the world to a wide range of African approaches to storytelling, alongside historic and cultural frames of reference.
It has had good take-up, with some 82 schools, theatre groups, public sector organisations and Universities from 19 countries uploading it so far. Theatres like the Belgrade Theatre in Coventry and Birmingham Mac have signalled their intent to use it with their youth drama groups.
So please use or pass on the link to anyone who you think may want to explore aspects of theatre specific to the African contexts, especially with the challenges of remote teaching and home schooling right now https://warwick.ac.uk/awpn
Shoot Festival in partnership with Coventry City of Culture Trust and Belgrade Theatre present:
This our rapid response to the current crisis - to find, support and celebrate independent artists in Coventry and Warwickshire.
We are on the lookout for local makers to respond to the theme 'imagine' and create a short performance or piece of visual/digital art which will be platformed online on Wednesday 15th April.
We are offering approximately 10 micro-commissions of £200 to artists who consider themselves 'early career'.
We use this term quite broadly but please note that this opportunity is aimed at supporting independent makers. Artists must be aged 18 + and based in a CV postcode.
This opportunity is suitable for live performance artists (theatre makers, musicians, poets, dancers) as well as visual and digital artists.
But be quick, applications close on Monday 6th April at 10am.