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Shakespeare Lives in Botswana – Shakespeare o a Tshela

 

Latest news :

*Announcing the Shakespeare o a Tshela Showcase Event, April 13th, 6pm, Maitisong – details here!

*Two FREE Shakespeare events kick off the Maitisong Festival 2016 – click here for details!

*Our latest Play Your Part video, featuring celebrated poet Barolong Seboni, is available to view here!

*Six theatre practitioners from UK / South Africa delivering workshops in Botswana! Click here for more

*British High Commissioner to Botswana attends ‘Twelfth Night’ screening : click here for news

*To receive full details and ticket information about Maitisong events as soon as they’re announced, join our Maitisong mailing list. Simply send an email to info@maitisong.org with ‘Add Me’ in the subject line

*Our final FREE film screening is ‘Twelfth Night’ at 2pm on Saturday March 12th – click here for details!

*Get involved! Record and upload a short video about what Shakespeare means to you, and support the charity work of the VSO, helping the world’s poorest people to  achieve lasting, sustainable futures. Click here for details; see Tefo Paya’s Play Your Part video here !

*Shakespeare o a Tshela Podcast 1, featuring renowned Motswana actor Tefo Paya, is online! Click here to listen

*Shakespeare o a Tshela Podcast 2, featuring Lisa Peter, Lecturer in International Shakespeare Studies at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, is online! Click here to listen

*Shakespeare o a Tshela Podcast 3, featuring Tlotego Gaogakwe, director of ‘Basadi ba ga Shakespeare’, is online! Click here to listen

*To receive full details and ticket information about Maitisong events as soon as they’re announced, join our Maitisong mailing list. Simply send an email to info@maitisong.org with ‘Add Me’ in the subject line

 

Background

The British High Commission in Botswana and the British Council, in association with Maru-a-Pula School and Maitisong, and valued sponsors and partners New Capitol Cinemas, Printing & Publishing Company Botswana, Gabz FM, Shakespeare’s Globe, Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, AFDA, ShakeXperience, the Ministry of Youth, Sport & Culture and the University of Botswana present ‘Shakespeare o a Tshela’.

 

October 29th 2015 – The British High Commission in Botswana, in partnership with Maru-a-Pula School and Maitisong, has launched ‘Shakespeare o a Tshela’, part of the GREAT Britain Campaign and British Council’s ‘Shakespeare Lives’ project. ‘Shakespeare Lives’ is  a global programme of events and activities designed to engage people all over the world in celebration of Shakespeare’s work on the occasion of the 400th anniversary of his death in 2016. The launch was held in Maitisong and was attended by members of parliament and representatives from arts and education sectors.

 

Shakespeare o a Tshela Launch - Nick PyleHis Excellency the British High Commissioner in Botswana, Nick Pyle (left), began the evening by officially launching the programme and citing the importance of the strong ties between the UK and Botswana.

 

The Honourable Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, Thapelo Olopeng, commended the GREAT Campaign for fostering cultural relations in Botswana with one of their greatest literary exports. Project Director, Alastair Hagger, said his hope and belief is that ‘Shakespeare o a Tshela’ will inspire a love for the power and possibility of language in students and arts practitioners in Botswana.

 

During the launch, the audience was treated to the performance of an extract from ‘The Merchant of Venice’ by local actor and Maru-a-Pula school alumnus Tefo Paya (below left), and a screening of ‘Muse of Fire’, a documentary that aims to dispel the fear and myths surrounding Shakespeare’s work.

 

Shakespeare o a Tshela Launch - Tefo PayaThe Honourable Minister of Education, Unity Dow (bottom left), gave the vote of thanks and closing remarks, and cited the importance of Shakespeare both in education and in her own development as an author.

 

Through performance, workshops, education and digital arts, ‘Shakespeare o a Tshela’ aims to expose new audiences in Botswana to Shakespeare’s legacy and provide educators with new tools to teach his work. It also seeks to strengthen the understanding of Shakespeare in schools and how his work can be used to promote literacy and reading, as well as to share British methodologies, knowledge and expertise in the teaching of creative disciplines.

 

‘Shakespeare o a Tshela’ began with a film festival on the 26th of October with 1,300 government and private school students attending screenings of Shakespeare films at New Capitol Cinema in River Walk. Events that build  up to the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death continue until April 2016, with free monthly public screenings of Shakespeare films at Maitisong, actor and theatre practitioner visits from the UK and South Africa, digital content production projects and a live showcase event of participants’ work at the Maitisong Festival in April 2016.

 

Shakespeare o a Tshela Launch - Unity DowIn November, Project Director Alastair Hagger visited government schools Ledumang and St Joseph’s, and made audio and video recordings of students and teachers reciting, performing and discussing Shakespeare’s work. This material will be available as podcasts and a YouTube channel from December and January.

 

More projects will be confirmed and announced shortly.

 

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

For more information about Shakespeare Lives, click here.

For more information about the Great Britain Campaign, click here.

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For more information about our sponsors and partners, please click on the following links : British High Commission Gaborone, British Council, Maru-a-Pula School, New Capitol Cinemas, Printing & Publishing Company Botswana, Gabz FM, Shakespeare’s Globe, Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, AFDA, ShakeXperience,  University of Botswana and The Midweek Sun.

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