Drama students at St Mary’s University College, Twickenham visited the South African embassy on the 24th of April as guests of the High Commissioner Dr Zola Skweyiya.
The visit is part of the preparations made by students studying the Theatre for Development module on the Drama and Applied Theatre
course. They will visit South Africa next month to run a series of
Drama workshops with schools, community groups and students from the University of Kwazulu Natal in Durban.
Using the interactive theatre practice of ‘Theatre of the Oppressed’,
the workshops will explore attitudes to gender assertiveness and
HIV/AIDS prevention with young South African actors.
Both visits have been organised by Drama lecturer Matthew Hahn whose verbatim theatre play The Robben Island Bible
has received international acclaim. The play explores the power of
Shakespeare’s words as a site for political resistance and features
interviews with many of the anti-apartheid prisoners incarcerated on the
island in the seventies and eighties.
Academic Director for Drama, commented, “We’re incredibly pleased that
Drama St Mary’s students are given these fantastic opportunities to work
abroad and gain such an exciting international perspective to the
radical process of theatre making and storytelling.”