Collaborative Projects:

MRC / AHRC Global Public Health Bid with the Stockholm Environment Institute Environment Department, University of York – Mukuru, Nairobi, Kenya:

  • Co-investigator as a forum theatre for advocacy expert.
  • Dates: October 2017 – March 2019

(May 2017) Cardboard Citizens Theatre Company

Theatre & Mental Health Performance,   Quarterhouse, Creative Foundation, Folkestone

‘The Just About Managing’ – A short presentation demonstrating forum theatre techniques using their own and other people’s stories. At the end of the show, the audience are asked how they might have acted differently to change the narrative.  This sharing of work in process is ahead of a residency project later this year when Cardboard Citizens will be working with homeless and vulnerable people in the region to develop their own Forum Theatre pieces.

 

Public Talks:

(January 2017) ‘Ubuntu: sharing South Africa’, British Museum.  Directed and facilitated interactive Pop-up performances of my play, The Robben Island Shakespeare. 

(January 2017) ‘Memories of Mandela’, British Museum Lecture Theatre.  As a member of the panel which included John Battersby [co-author of ‘Mandela: A Life in Photographs’ (2011) and author of the afterword in ‘Mandela: the Authorised Biography’ by Anthony Sampson (2011)], Pumela Salela [Director, Brand South Africa], and John Carlin [journalist and author of ‘Playing the Enemy: Nelson Mandela and the Game that Made a Nation’], we discussed the impact Nelson Mandela has had on our private and professional lives.

Conferences:

 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 a pathway to ethical leadership.  The participants will analysis and speak selected Shakespearian texts and texts from the play, The Robben Island Shakespeare as well as create their own new pieces of writing on their views of ethical leadership.   One of the key aspects of the workshop is to examine the ability of Shakespeare & the former political prisoners to educate and spark debate around the subject of ethical leadership.  The purpose of the workshop is to come to a group definition of the practices of ethical leadership, briefly share some of Shakespeare’s lessons on Leadership, and offer some applications for leadership development.

Workshop Outcomes:

  • The participants will explore how the theme of leadership is portrayed and explored in a selection of Shakespeare’s plays and in interviews with a selection of former political prisoners from Robben Island.
  • The participants will examine the current situation of their own behaviour around leadership and of those currently in leadership roles.
  • The participants will make positive changes in their own behaviour around leadership.
  • The participants will create pieces of new writing with a focus on young people’s perceptions of ethical leadership.

From this conference, I have been asked to contribute an article to the ‘Critical Survey based on Applying Shakespeare’ based on the The Robben Island Shakespeare‘s ‘Ethical Leadership’ workshop.  

 

‘I, too, remember dust’: Peacebuliding, Politics and the Arts’ – A conference exploring themes of peace-building, politics and the arts in the former Yugoslavia and other national and international contexts.
Winchester University.  A participatory drama workshop that practically examined the methodology of interactive theatre. This workshop would first examine the behaviour of the participants around peace building & reconciliation within their relationships – the way voice, body and space are used currently – and how this might put them at risk. Then participants practise using their body, voice and space differently, to achieve a different outcome, and make the relationship safer and healthier. Interactive Theatre aims to achieve a balance in the relationship presented rather than one side ‘winning’ over another [that of the ‘protagonist’ over the ‘antagonist’ in a typical Forum Theatre performance]. In peace building, balance must be the goal in order to make it sustainable as a reversal of power will only continue the oppression of one side over another. Once the workshop participants examine their own behaviour and practice their own personal behaviour change, then the focus of the workshop will shift to how they can use the methodology in their own work of advocating for changing social attitudes around peacebuilding and reconciliation through dialogue.

 

Conference Papers:

‘The Robben Island Bible’
Archive and Public Culture Research Initiative: Social Anthropology (University of Cape Town)
R & D of the play and the ‘Ethical Leadership’ Workshops.
‘Cultural Leadership’
Paper on ‘Cultural Leadership’ for the university’s young leadership programme. This paper examines how young people can develop leadership skills through the examination of the works of Shakespeare and past cultural and political leaders in South Africa.

‘Interactive Theatre’s Learning & Impact potential & practice’
Emerge and Exist – Shaping the Future Conference, Winchester University / Change Collective, London, UK.
Paper that examines how interactive theatre can impact learning through paticipatory approaches.

‘Applied Theatre strategies to changing behaviour & fighting HIV / Aids in Africa & in the UK,’
Theatre, HIV & Development Conference, St. Mary’s University College, London, UK.

 

Publications:

Playscript:

(2017)  The Robben Island Shakespeare (formerly The Robben Island Bible) [Bloomsbury Methuen] ISBN 9781474283878.

Book Chapters

(2016) ‘Art Knows No Boundaries – Cross Cultural Bridge Building: Celebrating cultures and creating new ones’ in Applied Practice: Evidence and Impact in Theatre, Music and Art. (Bloomsbury Methuen)

‘Theatre for Development’
What is Reseach-led Teaching? Multi-disciplinary perspectives, eds. Alisa Miller, John Sharp, Jeremy Strong
(Consortium for Research Excellence Support & Training).

Refereed Journals: Articles

(2016) [article] Rehearsing for Life: Applied Theatre – a worthwhile pedagogical addition to those working and training in health and social care? Nurse Education Today.

(2016) [article] “Research, Development and Production History of The Robben Island Bible.” The African Performance Review.

 

‘Theatre for a Change in Malawi: Participatory approaches to Development’
[Journal of Applied Art & Health (Volume 2 Issue 3; January 2012). ISSN: 20402457]
http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/intellect/jaah/2012/00000002/00000003/art00009

‘South Africa, freedom and Shakespeare’
South Africa.info
article on the impact of Shakespeare on the anti-apartheid movement and in today’s South Africa.

‘The Robben Island Bible’
AngloFiles, Journal of English Teaching [# 166 ISBN 1395-881X]

Research cited in the book, ‘Hamlet’s Dream’
David Schalkwyk, Director of Research & Editor, Shakespeare Quarterly , Folger Shakespeare Library