BEHIND THE MASK –a performative lecture by ANDY WATSON (MBE), Geese Theatre Company, UK
AndyWatsontrained in Paris at the Lecoq School of Mime and Physical Theatre, he joined Geese in 1997, and became Artistic Director in 2003. His work involves overseeing the artistic integrity of the company’s work, devising theatre performances for use in a wide variety of social welfare settings, and developing creative projects with people in prisons, secure hospitals and in the community. He regularly delivers staff training events for professionals working with vulnerable, marginalised and volatile populations. Andy has a particular interest in working with high-risk offenders, offenders with personality disorders and young people who engage in sexually harmful behaviour. Andy is currently the Vice Chair of the National Criminal Justice Arts Alliance, sits on the Women’s Prison Estate Advisory Board, and was appointed MBE in the 2018 New Year Honours for services to arts in the Criminal Justice System.
As part of the Confluences 10 conferences, the CTPDS will again present two showings of Mahareng: The Passage of a Bird, based on a myth by Pule Welch and Samantha Nell, has been collaboratively made by the CTDPS 3rd year Acting students. The production considers migration and its associated challenges through tracing the passage of a bird that was born to a human King and Queen. The bird is forced to take on human qualities. When the nation realise that the boy-child is in fact a bird, they cast the King, Queen and their bird-child out. Their only hope is for their child to remember how to fly. They take him into the Land of the Dead to drink from the River of Remembrance. He remembers how to fly and carves a path of stars through the sky for his parents to follow. However, after the King, Queen and Bird have been cast out, power struggles over who should lead the nation erupt, resulting in civil war. The land burns and everyone is forced to flee. Their only hope is to follow the path of stars carved by the bird in the sky. The production traces the many trials and tribulations they must face on this journey to ‘freedom’.
Confluences 10 conference programme and abstracts are ready to be downloaded. Final preparations are on the go as we look forward to greeting our delegates, students and visitors to the 10th Instalment of the Confluences conference. There is still time to register for part or all of the events.
The CTDPS will host a special memorial service for our recent graduate and friend Owen Manamela-Mogane. We invite everyone to share this opportunity to acknowledge a life that touched so many in so many ways, through his unique abilities as a performer, his insights as a gifted student, his humble and caring nature as a friend.