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SOAS Festival of Ideas

Theatre Masterclass in Devising with Theatre Director Ailin Conant

Ailin Conant

Date: 21 October 2020Time: 9:00 AM

Finishes: 21 October 2020Time: 11:00 AM

Venue: Virtual Event

Type of Event: Webinar

non-hierarchical theatre-making as a tool for disruption with Ailin Conant of Theatre Témoin


In this 2-hour workshop Ailin will give a brief background of her devising practice, and how it has been used in as a tool for social disruption, cross-cultural dialogue, and transformation in post-conflict contexts like Northern Ireland, Lebanon, Rwanda, Gaza, Israel, and Kashmir. She'll then lead the group through a devised theatre-making process of its own, leading the group in the collective creation of a short performance product.

Ailin is a Japanese- American director with a passion for daring new works of theatre that engage audiences with untold and under-told stories in a visual, visceral way. Her Colchester-based physical company, Theatre Témoin, is a 1ºEast Portfolio, Lowry ‘Developed With’, and Without Walls Portfolio company, and has worked in collaboration with The Salisbury Playhouse, Ovalhouse, Roundhouse, GDIF, and others. She has worked freelance for various companies in the UK including The Bush Theatre, Yellow Earth, and Theatre503. She is a twice-recipient of the Wellcome Trust People Award with a rigorous approach to community engagement and research. Ailin is a board member of Stage Directors UK and a delegate member of Artistic Directors of the Future, and cares deeply about working for greater equality and integrity in the UK theatre industry.

*All levels welcome; no prior theatre-making experience is required.

This event is part of the Virtual SOAS Festival of Ideas, a week-long series of virtual events. The festival includes: panel discussions, student led installations, masterclasses, keynote lectures, a public debate for/against on Decolonising Knowledge and a Verbatim performance by Bhuchar Boulevard on ‘Decolonising Not Just a Buzzword’ capturing SOAS conversations about the need to decolonise its imperial mission.

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