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
Together with Dr Rachel Turner King (Principal Investigator, Education) and Professor David Mond (Maths and Global Sustainable Development), Dr Bobby Smith (Theatre and Performance Studies) has been awarded Coventry City of Culture funding for the project “I don’t want your hope, I want your action”: exploring youth eco-citizenship through verbatim theatre and digital ethnography in the city.
You can hear more about how to apply at the Coventry Midlands4Cities application writing workshop on the 16th November.
Sign up HERE
The Theatre & Performance Studies Department at the University of Warwick invites proposals from early career researchers seeking support for their application to the British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship scheme.
Congratulations to Dr Cecile Doustaly who has been awarded a IAS 2020 Fernandes Fellowship. Dr Doustaly will join the department in March 2020.
To learn more about the Fernandes Fellowship Scheme click here.