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WriteNow Berlin’s 10-MINUTE PLAYS COMPETITION

Still from The Sanctuary by Alperen Türkol. [Kaan Solin pictured] WriteNow Berlin is a playwriting community based in Berlin that inspires and encourages people to put their ideas on paper in the most engaging and daring way. They recently had a play competition and I was fortunate enough to direct from afar the play The Sanctuary. The [...]

Applied Theatre Collaboration in Durban, South Africa 2013

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imPEACHable @ the South by Southeast Festival, Gulbenkian Theatre 13 February 2020

On Thursday 13 February 2020, at the Gulbenkian Theatre in Canterbury, imPEACHable, my latest tribunal play based on the private and public transcripts of the ongoing impeachment trial of the President of the United States, will be performed as part of the South by Southeast Festival. The play examines the central tenet of the trials, [...]

Commedia dell’Arte Workshop in Folkestone

9 to 13 July 2018The Arts Council England has just invested in a week-long exploration workshop of Commedia dell'Arte that I am producing.  The facilitator will be Mitch Mitchelson whom I got to know as both of us taught at St. Mary’s University in London.The weeklong ‘Phase I Commedia dell'Arte’ workshop will culminate with a private performance [...]

‘Send Them All Back’, Rehearsed Reading at the Museum of Comedy, Leicester Square Theatre on 6 July at 2.30pm

My new play,  co-written with Peter Norgate, Send Them All Back is having its first public rehearsed reading in London at the Museum of Comedy, Leicester Square Theatre on 6 July at 2.30pm.  Free tickets can be reserved in advance by following this link: RSVP The Story:  Britain isn’t working and something has to be [...]

The Robben Island Shakespeare Reading at the Southbank Centre 11 August 2018, 7.30pm

As part of the Nelson Mandela: The Centenary Exhibition 2018 at the Southbank Centre in London, The Robben Island Shakespeare will be performed on 11 August at 7.30pm.  This reading and the wider event marks the 2018 centenary of iconic leader Nelson Mandela’s birth in this exhibition about his life, career, and commitment to equality [...]

The Ethical Leadership Workshop Conference Paper based on The Robben Island Shakespeare play @ the Applying Shakespeare Symposium, The Shakespeare Institute

I was invited to present at the Applying Shakespeare Symposium at the Shakespeare Institute in Stratford-upon-Avon.  My presentation examined and detailed my work in 'Ethical Leadership' using the play, The Robben Island Shakespeare. Through the words of William Shakespeare & former South African political prisoners, the aim of the workshop is to inspire the participants to create [...]

Play Launch at South African House 28 March 2017

During the Apartheid years in South Africa, a copy of The Complete Works of William Shakespeare was smuggled around the prison on Robben Island. The book's significance resides in the fact that the book's owner, Sonny Venkatratham, passed it to a number of his fellow political prisoners in the single cells, including Nelson Mandela, asking [...]

Ubuntu: sharing South Africa [Friday 20 January 2017,18.00 Clore Centre for Education Free, booking required]

Ubuntu’ is a phrase widely used in southern Africa, meaning the ‘universal bond of sharing that connects all humanity’.Come and celebrate the enduring soul of South Africa, and the shared connections its history inspires, through an evening of music, performance and workshops. Grab a drink at the bar, enjoy themed food, and discover more about [...]

British Museum’s South Africa: the art of a nation Special event Memories of Mandela [Friday 13 January 2017, 18.30–20.00 BP Lecture Theatre]

Staged in the auditorium officially opened by Nelson Mandela in 2000, this discussion celebrates and explores the life, character and enduring legacy of the South African leader on his nation and the world. A panel of speakers whose lives and careers wereinfluenced by the leader includes John Battersby, co-author of Mandela: A Life in Photographs [...]