TOP STORY: Professor Nicolas Whybrow is Retiring
Professor Nicolas Whybrow is retiring early at the end of October 2020 owing to recent ill health. He is a long-time member of Theatre and Performance Studies at Warwick, joining in February 2004. A former Head of School (2014-2017), Nicolas taught across a range of modules, most notably Performance and the Contemporary City and Live Art and Performance. In 2010 he won the Warwick Award for Teaching Excellence.
Nicolas played a leading role in the University’s research culture, being appointed as thematic lead for two of its GRPs, Sustainable Cities and Connecting Cultures. In 2017-2020 he was the PI on a 3-year AHRC-funded practice-as-research project entitled Sensing the City, which culminated in a multi-medial exhibition at the Herbert Art Gallery, Coventry and an edited book, Urban Sensographies (2021). Meanwhile, his book Contemporary Art Biennials in Europe: the Work of Art in the Complex City appeared in 2020.
Further details about Nicolas are available on his staff profile the website. Happily, he retains his connection to the University as Professor Emeritus.
Yvette Hutchison gives An Introduction to Athol Fugard's Work at the National Theatre, to frame new production of ‘Master Harold and the Boys’
Yvette Hutchison gives 'An Introduction to Athol Fugard's Work' at the National Theatre, to frame new production of ‘Master Harold and the Boys’
Wed 16 October 2019, 6pm
Running Time: 1 hour
Clore Learning Centre: Cottesloe Room
In an entry to his notebook in August 1968, Fugard wrote, “that my life’s work was possibly just to witness as truthfully as I could, the nameless and destitute (desperate) of this one little corner of the world”. In this talk Yvette Hutchison will trace the context that made Athol Fugard's work of ‘bearing witness’ necessary for artists in South Africa, and how he approached telling hidden or unspoken stories, as well as some of the impacts for South Africa’s theatrical, political and social landscapes.
Yvette Hutchison is South African Reader in the Department of Theatre & Performance Studies at the University of Warwick. Her research focuses on Anglophone African theatre, history and narratives of memory, and how intercultural performance practices are challenged by ongoing postcolonial issues. She is associate editor of the South African Theatre Journal and the African Theatre series. Her Leverhulme project Performing Memory: Theatricalising Identity in Contemporary South Africa in 2012, culminated in her monograph South African Performance and Archives of Memory (Manchester University press, 2013). Her latest publications include the co-edited African Theatre: Contemporary Dance (James Currey, 2018), and Contemporary Plays by African Women (Methuen, 2019).