SOAS University of London

SOAS South Asia Institute

Verbatim Theatre Project - Decolonising the Curriculum

Kristine Landon-Smith & Neela Doleẑalová

Date: 4 December 2018Time: 5:30 PM

Finishes: 4 December 2018Time: 7:30 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: 116

Type of Event: Workshop

DTC workshop verbatim
Photo by Chouette Films from The Talk (a verbatim show about sex and relationships)

Students across global campuses have ignited a controversial conversation around the legacy of colonialism in art, education and public spaces, and at SOAS, this complex, contentious and conflicting debate is ongoing.

Decolonising The Curriculum (DTC) - Verbatim Theatre Project will be crafted from recorded interviews at SOAS with students, staff, alumni and senior academics involved directly, tangentially or in opposition to the ‘decolonising debates’

Verbatim theatre is the perfect vehicle to capture and humanise this debate and the SOAS community can reflect on a subject they are passionate about and see its wider resonance. The modern world is shaped by western dominance and DTC will ask if we can we truly dismantle pernicious imperial legacies through ‘decolonisation’ of pedagogy or should we accept the cultural hybridity that is the legacy of colonisation or be in danger of moving towards extremism?

This workshop is a brief introduction to Headphone Verbatim technique: how it works, see examples, participate and ask questions.

Verbatim theatre is a documentary theatre technique which is light on its feet, authentic, precise, full of nuance and is a powerful tool to use to produce theatrical works to address the important cultural and civic issues of our time.

The workshop will be led by Kristine Landon Smith and Neela Doleẑalová, who are part of the Decolonising the Curriculum verbatim theatre project to be made in residence at SOAS, University of London by Bhuchar Boulevard.

The event is free to attend, but registration essential. Click here to register. 

Next workshop on Writing Verbatim Theatre will take place on Thursday 24 January, 2019 17: 30 19:30 in Room B211. 

Organiser: SOAS South Asia Institute and Bhuchar Boulevard

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