Introduction to African Theatre Performance Techniques

Weekend Intensive

Course Details

Saturday 27 & Sunday 28 November

10:00 – 17:00 each day

Course Description

The workshop will explore in particular, West African theatre with emphasis on interrogating the world view and traditional performance techniques incorporating ritual theatre, storytelling, drama, verbal and non-verbal communication means e.g. music, movement, rhythm, songs, dance, praise singing, etc.  Hands-on activities will involve a short presentation by Course Leader, group discussions and analyses, devised work by participants, improvisational activities, group music-making, etc.

Previous experience of African theatre not required, but helpful.  Participants are encouraged to familiarise themselves with African theatre performance techniques, especially oral storytelling and its elements prior to the encounter. Loose and comfortable clothing and footwear (no heels) e.g. plimsolls specifically assigned for indoor use.   

Alex Oma-Pius holds an MA degree in Dramatic Arts from the National Academy of Theatre and Film Arts, Sofia, Bulgaria. His love of Theatre-in-Education as a force for social change, encouraged him to form IROKO Theatre Company in 1996.

IROKO, winner of The Guardian Charity award ‘for its innovative approach to education’, use African theatre arts methods to enhance education, skills, health and wellbeing of people of all backgrounds and abilities.  As the Artistic Director of IROKO, Alex is responsible for developing all IROKO’s creative work, including curriculum projects in schools, CPD for teachers and drama tutors.  He also teaches African Theatre and Storytelling in various Universities.


Alex is a Consultant to institutions like the BBC, Royal Shakespeare Company, British Museum, Museum of London, etc.  His contributions to the cultural life of Britain have been recognised by various bodies, including the Mayor of London. 

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