EOD: Road to World of Dance

Sunday, 5th November – E.O.D: Road to World of Dance, 4pm, P30 (early bird) / P50 (at the door)

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Urban Empire presents E.O.D: Road to World of Dance, a fundraising event aimed at supporting their participation in this year’s World of Dance Tour in New York, as well as compete in Las Vegas, Nevada.

”We are raising funds for flights and accommodation for the fifteen days we will be performing in the United States. We have sacrificed a lot to live our dreams and it has been a difficult journey. This will help us achieve our goal of opening doors for ourselves, as well as for the youth who are uninspired to achieve their dreams. Thank you for your support!”

~ Excerpt from the group’s GoFundMe page.

Urban Empire is an urban dance group that strives to make positive changes in the lives of the youth of Botswana, Africa.

Tickets are P30 (early bird) and P50 at the door; available at Maitisong and Webtickets outlets nationwide.

Shakespeare Lives in Botswana – Showcase Event

 

 

The Shakespeare Lives in Botswana (Shakespeare o a Tshela) Showcase Event – Wed April 13th, 6pm, Maitisong

 

We are proud to announce the Shakespeare Lives in Botswana (Shakespeare o a Tshela) Showcase Event will take place at Maitisong on Wednesday, April 13th, at 6pm at Maitisong.

The show will feature performances by over 100 Batswana students and actors from Maru-a-Pula School, the University of Botswana, the Ministry of Youth, Sport & Culture, AFDA, The Company@Maitisong, Naledi Senior Secondary School, St Joseph’s College, Kagiso Senior Secondary School, Moeding College, and Ledumang Senior Secondary School, who have been involved in workshops with our six extraordinary theatre practitioners from the UK and South Africa – Gregory Thompson, Greg Homann, Lali Dangazele, Natalie Ibu, Fiona Drummond and Ben Spiller.
The showcase will also feature performances by Batswana poets Barolong Seboni, Mandisa Mabuthoe and Moroka Moreri, and rapper and musician Zeus.

Tickets are P20 and are available at Maitisong – call 397 1809 – and from www.webtickets.co.bw

*Don’t miss our other great Shakespeare events – Shakespeare in the Garden, April 10th, 4pm, Maru-a-Pula School / Basadi ba ga Shakespeare, April 10th, 5.30pmMaru-a-Pula School. Both events are FREE.

For more information email Project Director Alastair Hagger at comms@maruapula.org

Shakespeare o a Tshela Podcast 3 – Tlotlego Gaogakwe


Tlotlego Gaogakwe of Basadi ba ga Shakespeare

Our Shakespeare o a Tshela podcast series continues with Tlotlego Gaogakwe (above), director of the ‘Basadi ba ga Shakespeare’ performance which will take place on April 10th at Maru-a-Pula School as part of the Shakespeare activity in the Maitisong Festival 2016 programme (click here for details). 

 

In this podcast, he talks about interpreting Shakespeare’s work in the context of the culture of his nation, Botswana.

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Shakespeare Lives Practitioners in Botswana

Practitioners

from left to right : Fiona Drummond, Nobulali Dangezele, Greg Homann, Natalie Ibu, Ben Spiller, Greg Thompson

 

Six theatre practitioners from the UK and South Africa have arrived in Botswana to deliver Shakespeare drama workshops to students, teachers and actors in Gaborone and Maun from private and government schools, the University of Botswana, and the Ministry of Youth, Sport and Culture.

 

UK-based theatre directors Gregory Thompson (UK, Artist in Residence at University College London) and Natalie Ibu (UK, Artistic Director of The Tiata Fahodzi Theatre Company), Ben Spiller (UK, Artistic Director of the 1623 Theatre Company), ShakeXperience Practitioners from South Africa, Nobulali Dangazele and Greg Homann, and Fiona Drummond (UK, actor and Shakespeare’s Globe Education Practitioner) are delivering a week of workshops for a total of 150 actors, students and teachers in public and private educational institutions. These students will be performing and showcasing the new performance skills they have learned at the Shakespeare Lives in Botswana (Shakespeare o a Tshela) Showcase at Maitisong at 6pm on Wednesday, April 13th (tickets available at Maitisong and Webtickets). 

 

Project Director Alastair Hagger said: ‘’We are absolutely delighted to be able to welcome six renowned artists from the UK and South Africa of such a high calibre. We are sure that the positive impact these artists will make on students, teachers and actors in Botswana will be long lasting and transformational.’’

 

For more information about Shakespeare Lives in Botswana, go to www.maitisong.org/shakespeare

UK High Commissioner Attends ‘Twelfth Night’

 

Ms Katy Ransome, British High Commissioner to Botswana, attended the final Shakespeare o a Tshela (Shakespeare Lives) free public film screening, ‘Twelfth Night’, on Saturday March 12th.

Ms Ransome, who brought her old school copy of the play with her, posed for pictures with students from Moeding (left) and Naledi senior secondary schools.

The film of the Globe’s production of ‘Twelfth Night’, starring Mark Rylance, was watched by a full house of 400, and was the last in the series of free film screenings at Maitisong as part of the Shakespeare o a Tshela project, which launched in October 2015 as part of the global British Council Shakespeare Lives and UK Government GREAT Britain Campaign projects, and will continue this week with visits by six theatre practitioners from the UK and South Africa. The activity will wrap up on April 13th with a Showcase event at Maitisong, featuring four high-profile Batswana poets, and performances by young Batswana actors and students from all the participating government and private schools.

For more project details, visit our dedicated Shakespeare page here.

 

Shakespeare o a Tshela Podcast 2 – Lisa Peter

 

LisaPeterSBTOur Shakespeare o a Tshela podcast series continues with Lisa Peter (left), International Lecturer in Shakespeare Studies at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust in Stratford-upon-Avon in the UK.
 
Lisa delivered a Skype lecture to University of Botswana students in February on Shakespeare’s life and times as part of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust’s partnership with Shakespeare o a Tshela.

 

In this podcast, she talks about the work of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, reads us some of her favourite lines, and tells us why she loves Shakespeare.
 

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Click here for more information about the extraordinary work of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust.

Twelfth Night – FREE Film Screening

 

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The British High Commission in Botswana, the British Council, Maru-a-Pula School and Maitisong are pleased to announce the date and time of the last in a series of free public film screenings at Maitisong between December and March as part of the Shakespeare o a Tshela project.

 

The film of ‘Twelfth Night’, a Shakespeare’s Globe production, will be shown for free at Maitisong at 2pm on Saturday, March 12th. The production, which stars 2016 Academy Award winner Mark Rylance, was described as “how Shakespeare is meant to be done” by the New York Times. The UK’s Daily Telegraph said the production is “lifted to greatness by Rylance’s glorious star performance.”

 

‘Twelfth Night’ tells the comic tale of mistaken identity in a hilarious love triangle, and can be regarded as one of the first, and most sublime, examples of situation comedy written in the English language. Shakespeare o a Tshela Project Director Alastair Hagger said : “We are delighted to be able to finish our free film screening season with one of the most celebrated Shakespeare productions of recent years, featuring the greatest theatre actor of his generation, Mark Rylance. As ‘Twelfth Night’ is the government school text this year in Botswana, the screening also gives students a unique opportunity to see the play they are studying performed at the highest level.”

 
 
 
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For further information contact Project Director Alastair Hagger at comms@maruapula.org.

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Julius Caesar – FREE Film Screening

 

CaesarWebThe BBC film of the Royal Shakespeare Company’s  production of  ‘Julius Caesar’ has been announced as the third in the GREAT Campaign and British Council ‘Shakespeare o a Tshela’ free Shakespeare film screening series at Maitisong, part of the Shakespeare Lives project. The film will be shown on the big screen in Maitisong at 2pm on Saturday, February 27th.

The theatrical production was lavished with praise during its run in 2012; The New Yorker described the ensemble as ‘extraordinary’, while the UK’s Daily Telegraph exhorted audiences to “Hail this brutal and bloody Caesar”.

Featuring a black cast, ‘Julius Caesar’ tells the tragic tale of a plot to assassinate the Roman leader of the title, and the horrifying consequences faced by the group of conspirators. Set in a modern-day fictional African country, this production asks poignantly relevant contemporary questions about power, responsibility and democracy.

Listen to the audio trailer :

 

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‘Julius Caesar’ is the third in a series of four Shakespeare films screened for free in Maitisong from November to March – the other three titles are the Globe theatre’s production of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’; another film of a production from Shakespeare’s Globe, ‘Twelfth Night’; and the first film in the series, screened in December 2015, ‘Macbeth’, starring Patrick Stewart.

For more information about Shakespeare Lives, please visit the project page here.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream Free Film Screening

 

MidsummerWEBShakespeare’s Globe’s live recording of ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ has been announced as the second in the GREAT Campaign and British Council ‘Shakespeare o a Tshela’ free Shakespeare film screening series at Maitisong, part of the Shakespeare Lives project. The film will be shown on the big screen in Maitisong at 2pm on Saturday, February 6th.

 

One of Shakespeare’s most beloved comedies, ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ is a romantic, magical tale of wedding preparations gone awry. Shakespeare’s Globe is a recreation of the original theatre that stood on the banks of the Thames in Shakespeare’s time; performances are delivered in period costume and the atmosphere and energy of the occasion give modern audiences the experience of what is was like to watch a play in London over 400 years ago. This film of a live recording of the play at the Globe is approximately three hours long, with an interval mid-way through the film.

 

The Daily Telegraph described the Globe’s production as “one to warm the soul”, and the London Evening Standard enthused that it “bursts with crowd-pleasing pleasures”.

 
Listen to the audio trailer :
 

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream is the second in a series of four Shakespeare films screened for free in Maitisong from November to March – the other three titles are the RSC’s ‘Julius Caesar’, set in Africa and featuring a black cast; another film of a production from Shakespeare’s Globe, ‘Twelfth Night’; and the first film in the series, screened in December 2015, ‘Macbeth’, starring Patrick Stewart.

 

For more information about Shakespeare Lives, please visit the project page here.

Shakespeare o a Tshela Podcast 1 – Tefo Paya

 

Tefo Paya AFDA BotswanaOur Shakespeare o a Tshela series begins with an interview with AFDA Botswana’s Head of Live Performance Tefo Paya (left) , in which Tefo talks about AFDA’s role in the project, and the challenges of teaching Shakespeare to Batswana students.

 

Tefo also reads and discusses his favourite lines from Romeo & Juliet, and talks about the techniques he uses as an actor and teacher to help students connect with the rhythm of Shakespeare’s lines.

 

AFDA Botswana will be producing digital content  – with a focus on sonnets – for the Shakespeare o a Tshela project, which will available early in the new year.

 

 

 

 

 

Listen Shakespeare o a Tshela Podcast 1 :

 

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