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Exploring Classic African Plays

Mon. 6 July 2020 at 11:00

Mon. 13 July 2020 at 11:00

Mon. 20 July 2020 at 11:00

Mon. 27 July 2020 at 11:00


Starting on Monday 6th July, Exploring Classic African Plays with Dr. Anita Franklin will bring learners together to 'meet' once a week for an hour and a half. The purpose of this course is to study 6 plays from across the continent of Africa dating from the 1960s through 2000.

In studying the plays learners will read them outside of class time and engage with extracts during live sessions. Learners will discuss the work of the playwright, their lives and times. Learners will be encouraged to consider how the playwright's work stretches boundaries within African Theatre and, also within the learner’s understanding of theatre.

Learners should come away from the course with greater familiarity with the richness and diversity of traditional and modern African drama and its impact on storytelling in the contemporary world.

Anita Franklin is a playwright, educator, radio host, writer and narrative practitioner interested in creating stories from history and real-life events. Formerly a university lecturer in the social sciences, she now focuses most of her energies on theatre and its uses in community work, health and well-being. Her theatre work has been produced by the BBC, Paines Plough and PUSH Black Arts Festival, among others.

Workshops and masterclasses in Utopia Theatre’s Creative Hub are for people of African origin aged 16 and above.

Click below to book your place:

Part 1 – 6 July
Part 2 – 13 July
Part 3 – 20 July
Part 4 – 27 July

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