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
Statement regarding the recent University disciplinary hearing
Department of Theatre & Performance Studies statement in relation to the recent student disciplinary case
The Department of Theatre & Performance Studies joins with colleagues across the University to express its commitment to values of equality, dignity and respect, and condemn the comments made in the group chat that gave rise to the recent disciplinary proceedings. An update on the case can be found here: https://warwick.ac.uk/newsandevents/pressreleases/group_chat_update_and_further_information
We have contributed to recent consultation concerning the case and welcome the Vice Chancellor’s update, along with the commitment to a restatement of the values that underpin the university, and a review of the disciplinary procedures that uphold these values. We look forward to engaging as a community with this important work. We hold that the health and wellbeing of our students and staff is of paramount concern. Whilst our Department has not been directly involved in this case, we express our ongoing support for those affected by it. We would like to reassure our students, members of our alumni community, prospective students and other colleagues of our continuing commitment to values of equality, dignity, respect and inclusion.
Any students who need support in relation to this or any other incident should contact their Personal Tutor, the Department’s Senior Tutor, the Academic Administrator – Engagement, or the Head of Department. Further to this, you may wish to contact University services and offices listed below:
Dignity at Warwick: https://warwick.ac.uk/services/equalops/dignityatwarwick
The Residential Life Team: https://warwick.ac.uk/services/residentiallife/rlt/
Warwick Wellbeing Support: https://warwick.ac.uk/services/studentsupport
Independent Sexual Violence Adviser:https://warwick.ac.uk/services/supportservices/preventionandsupport/sexualviolence/supportforsurvivors/isva/
Warwick Students’ Union: https://www.warwicksu.com/