Shakespeare Lives in Botswana

Ben Spiller, Gregory Thompson and Natalia Ibu deliver workshops with practitioners from South Africa as part of Shakespeare o a Tshela

  • Students from the University of Botswana perform a scene from Twelfth Night at the Shakespeare Lives in Botswana Showcase. Photograph: Monirul Bhuiyan
  • Students from Maru-a-Pula School perform a scene from devised piece Water and Dust at the Shakespeare Lives in Botswana Showcase. Photograph: Monirul Bhuiyan
  • Students from Maru-a-Pula School perform a scene from devised piece Water and Dust at the Shakespeare Lives in Botswana Showcase. Photograph: Monirul Bhuiyan
  • A local actor performs a scene from Macbeth at the Shakespeare Lives in Botswana Showcase. Photograph: Monirul Bhuiyan

UK-based theatre directors Gregory Thompson (UK, Artist in Residence at University College London), 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) delivered a week of workshops for a total of 150 actors, students and teachers in public and private educational institutions. These students performed and showcased the new performance skills they had learnt at the Shakespeare Lives in Botswana (Shakespeare o a Tshela) Showcase at Maitisong on 13 April 2016

Shakespeare o a Tshela aims to expose new audiences in Botswana to Shakespeare’s legacy and provide education with new tools to teach his work. Shakespeare Lives is a global programme of events and activities celebrating Shakespeare’s work on the occasion of the 400th anniversary of his death in 2016. 

Watch and listen to Shakespeare related programmes on the BBC Shakespeare Lives minisite. 

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