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"Often a person is very revolutionary when in a public forum he envisages and advocates revolutionary and heroic acts; on the other hand, he often realises that things are not so easy when he himself has to practice what he suggests."
– Augusto Boal, Theatre of the Oppressed

Forum Theatre is an interactive and participatory approach to devising that utilises the lived experiences of the participants and attempts to make positive changes, where it may be necessary, through enabling a safe space for communication among individuals. The aim of the session will be to create and perform a piece of forum theatre via our ‘new normal’ of devising via Zoom. It will examine the key components of Forum Theatre and how to adapt these components to our current virtual reality.

Led by Mathew Hahn.

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

Click here to book your place.

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Making African Theatre out of Poetry

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Warda Yassin is a British born Somali poet and teacher based in Sheffield, and winner of the 2018 New Poets Prize. Here she talks about making African theatre out of poetry. Plus Q&A.

Project in a Box

Writer Chris Bush has written a story, but she’s having trouble finishing it – she needs your help! Download this activity from Sheffield Theatres and Sheffield Children's University to finish the script and create your own shadowbox puppet theatre.

Exploring Classic African Plays

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Meet online to study six plays from across Africa from 1960s-2000. Look at the richness and diversity of traditional and modern African drama and its impact on contemporary storytelling. Led by playwright, educator and radio host Dr Anita Franklin.

On video: Sheffield shows

Our roundup of Sheffield theatre and music shows that you can enjoy online, for free, whenever and wherever!