Theatre Now – explorations in contemporary South African theatre at the Free Word Centre

19 Apr

Free Word, British Council and MVG Productions present a series of free playreadings and discussions focused on the work of award-winning South African playwright, Mike van Graan.

Venue: Free Word Centre, 60, Farringdon Road, London EC1R 3GA (nearest tube is Farringdon)

Thursday 22 April 1pm – 2.30pm

So what is there to write about now that apartheid has gone?

Lecture demonstration by Mike van Graan with extracts from his plays

Friday 23 April 6pm – 8.30pm

Could theatre be an obstacle to intercultural dialogue rather than facilitating it?

Staged reading of Brothers in Blood followed by panel discussion and Q&A with Mike van Graan

Saturday 24 April 4pm – 6.30pm

What are the barriers for African theatre-makers who want to reach international audiences? Staged reading of Green Man Flashing followed by panel discussion and Q&A with Mike van Graan

Winner of the Naledi Theatre Award, Brothers in Blood premiered at the Market Theatre, Johannesburg in 2009. Set in Cape Town, the play resonates with racial and religious faultlines amongst the Jewish, Muslim and Christian communities. Green Man Flashing one of the first plays to get under the skin of post-apartheid ‘rainbow nation’, has also been nominated for several awards in South Africa.

All events are free but space is limited so booking is advisable at bookings@freewordonline.com.  Alternatively, phone 020 7324 2570.

Source: Visitingarts.org.uk

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