Wednesday, 12 October 2016
The Robben Island Shakespeare's Ethical Leadership Workshop, Wynberg Boys High School, Cape Town South Africa 3 to 7 October
The Robben Island Bible Ethical Leadership Workshop
Playwright and drama facilitator Matthew Hahn was invited by the Shakespeare in Schools Festival South Africa and supported by the British Council to facilitate a five day interactive theatre workshop for young people that examines current leadership on a personal, community, national and international level.
A group of 11 Grade 11 students were selected for their potential for creative and principled leadership. The students came from a variety of backgrounds, with the Chris Hani Arts and Culture School in Khayelitsha township, Islamia College and Wynberg Boys High being among the schools represented.
This new generation of young leaders spent a week of their school holidays learning lessons from the experiences of political prisoners on Robben Island and a variety of Shakespeare’s characters.
The workshop culminated in a performance of selected Shakespearean quotes, extracts from the play, The Robben Island Bible including monologues based on interviews with former political prisoners on Robben Island and new pieces of writing created by the young people.
I am currently compiling feedback as well as creating a booklet of the newly created pieces of creative writing to be published on this blog in the near future.