Workshop for Playwrights and Theatre producers – May 2015
The main subproject in the first period was a three week long ’double’ workshop for 6 play writers and 6 theatre producers from Burkina Faso, Uganda and Nepal.
In a dialogue with three ‘ambassadors’ from the three countries – Patrick Mangeni, professor in Literature and Drama at Makerere Univerity in Kampala/Uganda, Prakash Subedi, teacher in Literature and Drama at Kathmandu University/Nepal and Bonaventure Yameogo, producer and president for AFRICAPAX network and ARTerial Network/Burkina Faso – we could plan and organize a useful and relevant workshop with highly qualified participants, who can guarantee a professional result, local grounding and a realistic future for the developed projects. 12 competent and motivated writers and producers were invited to participate in the workshop. As teachers and Nordic networkers we chose Norwegian, Danish and Swedish theatre people with long – and various – experience from the field.
The workshop was held May 4 – 22 2015. We worked at Landskrona Teater for the first two weeks and the last week we spent at the Danish Development Center for Performing Arts in Odsherred in Denmark.
The first 10 days were just for the Play writers. They got introductions to various writing methods, dramaturgy principles, thoughts and theories and experiences from working with Performing Arts for children/adults, about art/pedagogics, history/new trends. They wrote a new story each day, which was discussed by the group the following day. In the middle of the period the producers arrived and the participants was put together in pairs – writer and producer –to develop a realistic and visionary project, a start on a theatre performance for children in their homeland.
The workshop was celebrated and the result presented at an international meeting and arrangement at Teaterøen in Copenhagen. The participants presented themselves, their work and the concepts developed under the workshop. Nordic colleagues were invited to read, listen and give professional feedback and just to do networking. The arrangement was public and the interest from the branch was warm.
The workshop was a great experience for all that participated!
The exchange of experiences was amazing and intercontinental. 5-6 new concepts for performances for children and family theater were produced during the weeks. All of them are going to be realized and two of them also intercontinentally.
Participants: Alain Hema, Adama Kaboré, Bonaventure Yameogo from Burkina Faso, Patience Nitumwesiga, Juliet Nantambi, Lillian Mbabazi, Olivia Namyalo from Uganda, Prakash Subedi, Alok Lamsal, Dillip Rana Bhat, Devendra Neupane, writers/producers from Nepal.