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Playwriting Competition!

The Competition: The Warwick Business School (WBS) has joined forces with the IATL strategic projects funded initiative Playwriting at Warwick to offer a playwriting opportunity for University of Warwick students. The challenge to those entering the competition is to submit a play, of between 7 and 10 minutes in duration, responding to the brief below. The brief relates to a case* developed to support teaching and learning in WBS.

The Case: The case is based on the Bhopal Disaster of 1984, when a Union Carbide plant released approximately 40 metric tonnes of a poisonous chemical called isocyanate, leading to the death of 4,000 people. An estimated 20,000-30,000 have died from related causes since this incident. Residents in this area also continue to suffer from a variety of long-term medical complications.

There has never been any clarity as to what caused the leak and nobody seems to have taken ultimate responsibility for it, leaving many of those affected without recourse to adequate compensation for their injuries or the subsequent environmental impact of the disaster.

The Prizes:The competition winner will receive a prize of the value of £250 and there will be two runners up prizes of the value of £100 each.

The Brief:Please note that plays will be used in a teaching setting, so most commonly in a lecture theatre or seminar room. The plays need to be highly portable!

In your play, you can present the perspective of one or more of the following stakeholders, as they are presented in the case:
Jabbar Khan (an activist)
The Indian Government (at the time and immediately after the disaster)
Warren Anderson (CEO) and/or Union Carbide
The Bhopal community (you might want to consider different clans within the community)
The Supreme Court of India
Al Gore
Any other stakeholder mentioned in the case
The case provides all the material needed to start writing the play and beyond the brief given above there are no constraints of any kind. It’s all about your creativity and the quality of the writing.

The Criteria: The criteria that the panel reviewing the plays will be using is that the successful case based plays will:

Accentuate the questions raised and difficulties of judgement rather than necessarily offering conclusions
Provoke thoughtful as well as emotional engagement with the case
Stimulate discussion and argument
Problematise ethics and codes of global business

How to enter the competition: If you are interesting in entering the competition contact and she will forward you a copy of the Bhopal Disaster Case. Please note that this case is the property of WBS and can only be used for the purpose of this competition. The deadline for submitting plays to the competition is midday on 16th June 2014. The plays should be emailed through to Emma and the covering email should give your full name, student number, state which programme you are studying and your current year of study. A panel will consider all entries and the winners will be announced by midday on 30th June 2014.

If you have any question about the competition, please contact Emma in the first instance.

*Definition of a case: A case is “a partial, historical, clinical study of a situation which has confronted a practising administrator or managerial group.” (Christensen, 1987) It is presented in a coherent narrative with the purpose of introducing complex and ambiguous problems in the classroom. The students use the case-text as a basis to debate and discuss critical issues an

Event "Processing Performance: writing race and gender" & Workshop with Mojisola Adebayo

in collboration with Dr. Awelani Moyo and IAS, May 14th


Programe for May 14th:

Morning session [venue Institute of Advanced Study seminar room, Milburn House]Coffee and introductions: 9.30 am

Presentations (10- 13)

Michael Mcmillan, ‘Black Hair is Political: Culture, Style & Politics’

Yvette Hutchison, ‘Aesthetics of embodied activism: contemporary South African women’: 11- 11.40

Lunch: 13 – 14.00

Afternoon session [venue Avon Studio, Westwood]

Interactive Workshop with Mojisola Adebayo: 14-16.00


Closing panel discussion: 16.15-17.00

About the Participants

Dr. Michael McMillan is a writer, dramatist, artist/curator and scholar of Vincentian migrant parentage whose recent play includes: a new translation of Bertolt Brecht’s The Good Person of Sezuan (Trenchtown) (MAT tour 2010 & 2012) and curatorial work includes: My Hair: Black Hair Culture, Style & Politics (Origins of the Afro Comb, Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology 2013), I Miss My Mum’s Cooking (Who More Sci-Fi Than Us, KAdE Kunsthal, Amersfoort, Netherlands 2012), The Waiting Room (Stories & Journeys, Gwynedd Museum & Art Gallery, Bangor, North Wales 2012), The Beauty Shop (198 Contemporary Arts & Learning 2008), The West Indian Front Room (Geffrye Museum 2005-06), The Front Room: Migrant Aesthetics in the Home (Black Dog Publishing 2009) He has an Arts Doctorate from Middlesex Univ. 2010 and is currently an Associate Lecturer in Cultural & Historical Studies as well as Associate Researcher RAS project at London College of Fashion, University of the Arts London.
Dr. Yvette Hutchison is associate professor in the Department of Theatre & Performance Studies at the University of Warwick, UK. Her research focuses on Anglophone African theatre and history, and how narratives of memory inform efficacy and advocacy, both for the individual and the society in which they find themselves. She is also interested in how intercultural performance practice is challenged by ongoing postcolonial issues. She is associate editor of the South African Theatre Journal and the African Theatre series, and has co-edited books with Kole Omotoso and Eckhard Breitinger. She has just completed a Leverhulme project entitled Performing Memory: Theatricalising identity in contemporary South Africa, resulting in the monograph South African Performance and Archives of Memory (Manchester University press, 2013). Her next project will be considering how contemporary South African women are using aesthetics to address contemporary issues of gender and conflict.
Mojisola Adebayo* is a published playwright, performer, director, producer and Lecturer in Contemporary Theatre Practices and Dramaturgy at Goldsmiths, University of London. She started out as a street rapper, she trained extensively with Augusto Boal and went on to become a specialist in Theatre of the Oppressed techniques and she also has an MA (distinction) in Physical theatre. Her work as a playwright and theatre maker draws from these influences and the workshop and discussion will too. She will share a range of approaches and techniques she uses to write / make new plays including auto/biographical writing, theatre for social change, writing from the body and movement, the playwright as devisor / devisor as playwright, storytelling, rhythmical writing and interdisciplinary collaboration.

Dr. Awelani Moyo is a researcher with a special interest in identity politics and site-specific performance. She is an Early Career Fellow in Institute of Advanced Study at the University of Warwick. She has a background in theatre-making and has worked as a performer, writer and director. She completed her MA in Contemporary Performance at Rhodes University in 2010. In 2009 she was the Drama fellow for the Gordon Institute of Performing and Creative Arts, based at the University of Cape Town. In 2008, she was the winner of the debut papers competition at the Dramatic Learning Spaces conference in Pietermaritzburg. She recently completed her PhD in Theatre Studies at Warwick, and her research examines how physical and imaginary landscapes are deployed in the processes of (re)defining and (re)presenting collective and personal identities. Her doctoral thesis is entitled ‘Re-tracing invisible Maps: Landscape in and as performance in contemporary South Africa’. Her doctoral research was part of the Leverhulme Trust funded research project ‘Performing Memory: Theatricalising Identity in Contemporary South Africa.’ The project explored memory and identity in post-1994 South Africa, particularly how identities are ‘encoded’ through various performative acts and processes.

* For workshop preparation see Mojisola Adebayo: Plays One. There are several links to Mojisola Adebayo’s work online including various youtube and vimeo clips. Her website is

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