Drama and Applied Theatre students from St Mary’s University College, Twickenham recently spent more than a week in Durban, South Africa to deliver a range of community workshops and drama productions.
The annual trip, which is now in its third year, saw the final year Drama St Mary’s
students use a range of interactive performances, games, songs and
poetry to work with local communities and school children to explore the
cultural differences and similarities between the attitudes of young
people from both countries.
The trip offers students the opportunity to take the last three years
of learning and apply it in a completely different setting. As well as
working with the local community, the group were able to showcase ‘forum
theatre’ as a type of drama with a number of events such as a jazz
evening held at a local art gallery.
St Mary’s Programme Director Patsy Burn
commented, “The trip to Africa is such an exciting time for our
students and gives them an opportunity to see what a huge impact Applied
Theatre can have in transforming people’s lives. The people we worked
with in South Africa have also had a huge impact on us.”