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Commedia dell’Arte Workshop in Folkestone

9 to 13 July 2018 The 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 [...]

‘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 [...]

The ‘Robben Island Bible Ethical Leadership Workshop’ in Cape Town, October 2016

At Wynberg High School in Cape Town, South Africa, Matthew Hahn was invited by the Shakespeare in Schools Festival South Africa and supported by the British Council to facilitate a five day interactive theatre workshop for young people that examines current leadership on a personal, community, national and international level. A group of 11 Grade [...]

Bloomsbury Methuen to publish The Robben Island Shakespeare (formerly known as The Robben Island Bible), March 2017.

It has just been confirmed that my play, The Robben Island Shakespeare, is to be published by Bloomsbury Methuen in March 2017.    

The Robben Island Bible Perfomance [New York City, 22 February 2016]

A reading of my play, The Robben Island Bible, was held at 7pm at the Alvin Ailey Theatre in New York City on the 22 of February as part of the Hofstra University Shakespeare Festival.  It will be directed by renowned theatre director A. Dean Irby. A second reading of the play occurred on [...]

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