Celebrating East African Writing!
Over the past 14 years, The Theatre Company of Kenya has been instrumental in producing new Kenyan performances and producing them throughout the region and around the world.
One of the key principles of the company has been to offer equal opportunities to all genders, but few women have been involved in the writing process over the past few years.
We are therefore placing more emphasis on this by offering a women-only writers process which will start in December 2013, and culminate in our next Fire By Ten travelling performance series later in 2014. The workshop will be open to beginners as well as experienced writers.
The initial workshop, on Friday December 6, Monday December 9 and Tuesday December 10, will be run by a visiting writer from UK, Afsaneh Gray, whom you can read about below. It will take place in our new studio at The Creative Centre, next to Dormans and behind the pink gate, on Shanzu Road which is off Lower Kabete Road.
Sessions will run from 10am to 4am and The Theatre Company will provide lunch and snacks on the days of the workshop. Entrance will be free of charge but we will ask you to write a letter of application as we will be limited to 15 places. Participants are encouraged to write in all languages.
Afsaneh Gray is a playwright, librettist and short fiction writer based in London. She is currently a member of the Royal Court Studio Group and, with the Paper Tiger collective (www.papertiger.org.uk), Associate Artist at Ovalhouse. Recent credits include the text for the opera and the Crowd (wept), which premiered at the Tête à Tête Opera Festival at the Riverside Studios; EverWeather, commissioned by Papercut Theatre for XY at Theatre503, transfer to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2013; and The Fairground, commissioned by Theatre Delicatessen for Bush Bazaar at the Bush Theatre. Her work for theatre has also been seen at venues including the Victoria & Albert Museum, the Soho Theatre and the Old Red Lion. Short stories include The Dig and Thalidomide, baby, both presented at Toynbee Hall as part of Are You Sitting Comfortably? and now available for download from Ether.
Afsaneh is currently working on projects including Dido and Andy, a new musical written in collaboration with composer Joe McKee, and The Hand of God, a full-length play in development with the Royal Court and Ovalhouse.
Please contact Keith Pearson – at 0722 554 372 or email@example.com – immediately with absolutely any questions you may have.