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Margaret ShewringTOP STORY: Bidding Farewell to Dr Margaret Shewring

On 31 August 2020 Dr Margaret Shewring retired from Theatre and Performance Studies after 42 years teaching in the department. Margaret has inspired generations of theatre scholars and practitioners with her research on Shakespeare and his contemporaries, Renaissance and Early Modern European Festivals, and the design of space for performance on the contemporary stage.

Fortunately Margaret will remain an active researcher and will be an Emeritus Reader in the department. She plans to celebrate her retirement in 2021 when she is due to host a conference as part of Coventry City of Culture. Find out more about Margaret's extraordinary career on her staff page.

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Invitation from Yvette Hutchison: African Women's Plays Leap Off A Global Page

African Women's Plays Leap Off A Global Page

21 February, 6.30 p.m. Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

22 February, 5.00 p.m. Oxford Playhouse, Oxford

When did you last watch a play written by an African woman? Have you ever read one? This is only the second published collection of plays written by African women, the last edited by Kathy Perkins ten years ago. The African Women’s Playwright Network, established through a n AHRC and University of Warwick funded research project, has connected more than 240 African women creative practitioners from 21 countries on the African continent and beyond.

We would like to warmly welcome you join us as we launch one outcome of this project, Contemporary plays by African Women, in Coventry and/ or Oxford.

The event will include performances of extracts from 3 plays in the collection by the Belgrade Black Youth Theatre group, directed by Leon Phillips, and Sebbie Mudhai (Belgrade) and Tenikah Beveney (Warwick University); with faciliated discussions after each by some of the women playwrights, local artists, publishers, theatre programmers, theatre makers and key community figures at each venue. We would love you to attend and contribute to the conversations on what global stories may mean in local contexts ...


For Coventry, tickets are pay what you can or free, but must be booked at

The Oxford Playhouse event has limited space, and so is by invitation. If you would like to attend this event, please contact


Hope to welcome you as we celebrate this milestone together.


Best wishes

Yvette & JC Niala


Dr. Yvette Hutchison

Reader, Director of Graduate Studies TPS

Co-editor: African Theatre, South African Theatre Journal

African Women's Playwright Network,