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Africa does Shakespeare this Spring...
Everyone’s talking about...
That’s nice, but I thought this site was about Seeing Africa Differently?
Yes, yes it is...
So why are we talking about Shakespeare?
Well, because The Globe Theatre in London is hosting a super cool festival called Globe to Globe! All 37 of Billy boy’s plays are being performed in 37 different languages, by 37 different international companies.
Wow! And are some of these are in African languages?
Correct. This weekend saw Cape Town’s Isango Ensemble kick off the festival with what The Evening Standard described as “a wonderfully confident rendition of the epic poem Venus and Adonis”. So, Globe to Globe is a great oppotunity to catch some African culture in the capital!
What other plays can I see?
Well in terms of African productions there’s quite a choice...
Merry Wives of Windsor from Kenya in Swahili on 25th and 26th April
Cymbeline from South Sudan in Juba Arabic on 2nd and 3rd May
Two Gentlemen of Verona from Zimbabwe in Shona on 9th and 10th May
The Winter’s Tale from Nigeria in Yoruba on 24th- 25th May.
What if I can’t speak the languages?
Fear not, there will be explanations of each scene, so if your Yoruba is rusty, or your Shona is not what it should be, you’ll still know what’s what!
Doesn’t it just and with tickets from just £5 it’s a steal!
How can I find out more?
Swing by their excellent website where you can browse all of the plays being performed, by title, date or language.
We will also be featuring an interview with Zimbabwe's Two Gents Productions later this week!
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