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
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.
Yvette's co-edited collection of Contemporary Plays by African Women will be launched in collaboration with the Belgrade Youth Group at two events - at the Belgrade Theatre in Coventry on Thursday 21st February, and Oxford Playhouse on 22nd February, for details see
As part of a new partnership between the Belgrade Theatre and Warwick University’s African Women’s Playwright Network, select participants from our Youth Theatre will present extracts from Contemporary Plays by African Women due to be published by Methuen in January 2019.. The evening takes on an interactive form, embracing and encouraging discussion and debate around where and how the ...
A free event from the African Women Playwright's Network
Professor Nadine Holdsworth awarded £9000 from the University's HEIF Impact Fund to support a project with the National Maritime Museum
Congratulations to Professor Nadine Holdsworth who has been awarded £9000 from the University's HEIF Impact Fund to support a project with the National Maritime Museum called 'Maritime Creativity: From Archive to Exhibition'.
Dr David Coates receives funding to run a Heritage Open Day at the Shelley Theatre in Boscombe, Dorset.
Congratulations to Dr David Coates, who has received £1000 from the Public Engagement Fund to run a Heritage Open Day at the Shelley Theatre in Boscombe, Dorset. This venue was originally built as a private theatre in the home of Sir Percy Florence Shelley, the son of Percy Bysshe Shelley, the poet, and the Mary Shelley, the novelist. The event is being run to pump-prime a larger project titled ‘The Legacies and Cultural Heritage of the Shelley family in Dorset’, which he hopes will be supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund. The Open day will include three expert-led interactive workshops on the Shelley family’s legacies, a rehearsed reading of two manuscript playlets written by Sir Percy Florence Shelley, and an introduction to the proposed two-year project.