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
Dr Bobby Smith is awarded funding from the Institute of Advanced Study and from a Global Challenges Research Fund Fellowship
Bobby Smith has been awarded funding from the Institute of Advanced Study for two inter-related projects over the summer. The first, funded through a Global Challenges Research Fund Fellowship, will involve exploratory research in Rwanda and Uganda throughout June and July. Bobby is hoping to find out more about how theatre and the arts are continuing to be used in both countries as part of peacebuilding projects. In August Bobby will then travel to Kenya, funded by an IAS Award. Here he will work in partnership with Amani People’s Theatre, an organisation that has been using theatre to explore peace since the early 1990s. Bobby and the APT team will be working with practitioners across Kenya to consider what limitations hinder the work of theatre and peacebuilding initiatives. It is anticipated that these interrelated projects will form the basis for more substantial networks, research and projects in the future.