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
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).