Productions and Presentations
Over the past twenty one years, we have produced our own work and presented a range of theatre and dance productions from around the world. We have worked with a wide variety of artists, often in collaboration with venues and other companies both from the UK and overseas.
Recent collaborations include Sydney Theatre Company, Market Theatre Johannesburg, Theatre Royal Stratford East, Hampstead Theatre, the Traverse and the South African State Theatre.
Recent Productions include:
Jack Charles v The Crown - A tour de force written and performed by Jack Charles, respected Aboriginal elder, actor, potter and one-time cat burglar. Presented in association with the Barbican.
Exhibit B - Brett Bailey's moving, powerful exploration of the European colonisation of Africa. Presented at the Edinburgh International Festival.
Macbeth - Third World Bunfight's adaptation of Verdi's opera, re-located in the Congo. Presented in association with the Barbican
Afrovibes Festival - Once again, the Afrovibes Festival toured with UK, with a portfolio of productions and activities which included Revivalists, Rainbow Scars, Rhetorical, Skierlik, Mamela, Mana, Dark Cell, Uncles and Angels, Biko's Quest, the Soil. The festival took place in London, Cardiff, Swansea, Birmingham, Hereford, Cardiff, Nottingham, Liverpool, Manchester, Bracknell, Lancaster, Newcastle, Glasgow and Edinburgh.
Woody Sez, a celebration of the life and music of Woddy Guthrie toured throughout the UK in January 2013.
Zena Edwards (London), Clara Opoku (Amsterdam) and Mbali Vilakazi (Cape Town) create The Three Furies - a spoken word project involving three poets. The Three Furies was an Afrovibes legacy project. (April 2012)
The Harder They Come was part of Jamaica 50 Festival, which took place during the London Olympics in July 2012.
Brett Bailey's site specific installation, Exhibit B that interrogates Africa's colonial past was at Kunsten Festival des Arts in Brussels (June 2012).
Afrovibes - the biennial festival of contemporary performing arts from South Africa toured to 11 venues in 8 UK cities in October 2012 - London, Lancaster, Birmingham, Nottingham, Liverpool, Hereford, Manchester, Cardiff. The festival included the following productions, Inception, My Exile is in my Head, And the Girls in Their Sunday Dresses, Mother to Mother, Thirst and the Sibikwa African Indigenous Orchestra.
Hugh Masekela's Songs Of Migration played at Hackney Empire in London, the Carret in Amsterdam and the Kennedy Center in Washington.
Handspring Puppet Company's production of Woyzeck on the Highveld was at the Barbican before touring nationally in October and November.
Brett Bailey's site-specific re-imagining of Orfeus was at Theaterformen in Hannover in June for two weeks.
The Australian hit musical The Sapphires about the Aboriginal girl band played at The Barbican for two weeks in March.
The Harder They Come tours throughout the UK
Steven Berkoff's Shakespeare's Villains plays in Athens at the Michael Cacoyannis Foundation Theatre (www.mcf.gr 18th-20th May)
Mpumelelo Paul Gootboom's Foreplay from the South African State Theatre plays at Parc De La Villette in Paris and at the Alkantara Festival in Lisbon, while Welcome to Rocksburg is at Theater der Welt in Essen.
In October, Afrovibes tours to London, Birmingham and Manchester with elements of the programme going to other UK cities. The productions included in the Festival are Mpumelelo Paul Grootboom's production of Welcome to Rocksburg , Via Volcano's production of Mzobane directed by Benji Reid, Ncamisa! Kiss the Women directed by Peter Hayes and A Face Like Mine directed by Lara Foot-Newton.
In November Steven Berkoff's Shakespeare's Villains is presented at the Sefton Writing Festival (www.seftonarts.co.uk 13th November) and Greig Coetzee presents a one night performance of his piece White Men With Weapons at Harrow Arts Centre (www.harrowarts.com 20th November)