Conferences and workshops 

Whether you’re a high school teacher, a theatre-maker, a university-based academic or an independent scholar, meeting with peers and colleagues to discuss the whys and wherefores of “doing Shakespeare” is always helpful. If you would like to let people know about conferences, workshops, seminars or public events in and around South Africa, contact us.

Forthcoming conferences | Conference reports

Forthcoming conferences and workshops

Moving Shakespeare (Johannesburg), 19-20 October 2017

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“Moving Shakespeare” is a two-day gathering of theatre makers, dancers, choreographers and scholars at the Market Theatre precinct in Newtown, Johannesburg. The colloquium will begin on Thursday 19 October at 15:00 with a keynote lecture by Professor Sandra Young of the University of Cape Town, who will speak about Vishal Bardwaj’s film Haider, an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Hamlet set in Kashmir. Prof Young’s talk will be followed by a screening of the film.  

The final event, on Friday 20 October at 19:00, is a performance of The Magic Hour by Arjun Raina and Lillian Warrum. The Magic Hour is part of an ongoing project centred around Arjun Raina's work with Kathakali and Shakespeare. It has previously been adapted and performed in India, Germany, Japan, France, Russia and Australia. In South Africa, Raina will be joined by Odissi dance specialist Lillian Warrum for an exciting and flamboyant evening of music, dance and theatre in which Indian classical dance forms meet Shakespeare’s Othello.

Both events will take place at the Mannie Manim Theatre in the Market Theatre precinct. Entry is free.

Other sessions of the colloquium on 20 October (taking place at the Market Theatre Foundation) are also open to the public. Please refer to this programme for further details.

“Moving Shakespeare” is a collaboration between the Centre for Indian Studies in Africa, the Nirox Foundation, the School of Literature, Language and Media at Wits University, the Wits School of Arts, the Market Theatre Laboratory and the Shakespeare Society of Southern Africa. 


Conference reports


  • “Decolonising Shakespeare?” Contestations and re-imaginings for a post-liberation South Africa. University of KwaZulu-Natal (Howard College Campus), 30 September and 1 October 2016. Report by Lliane Loots. The conference programme can be dowloaded here.