The Robben Island Shakespeare [formerly known as The Robben Island Bible] is a play based selected text from South African Sonny Venkatrathnam's copy of ‘The Complete Works of William Shakespeare’ & interviews with former political prisoners held on this island prison.
Please contact Matthew on firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our Youtube Page at http://m.youtube.com/user/RobbenIslandBible for more information about the research, development & performance history of the project.
Tuesday, 1 November 2016
The Robben Island Shakespeare’s Ethical Leadership Workshop [Wynberg High School Cape Town, South Africa 3 – 7 October 2016]
Wynberg High School in Cape Town, South Africa, Matthew Hahn was invited by
EduCape in association with the
Shakespeare in Schools Festival South Africa and supported by the British
Council to facilitate a five day interactive theatre workshop for young people
that examines current leadership on a personal, community, national and
group of 11 Grade 11 students [who had previous drama and Shakespeare
experience through the Shakespeare in School Festival, South Africa programme]
were selected through an application process for their potential for creative
and principled leadership. The students came from a variety of backgrounds,
with the Chris Hani Arts and Culture School in Khayelitsha township, Islamia
College and Wynberg Boys High being among the schools represented. This
new generation of young leaders spent a week of their school holidays learning
lessons from the experiences of political prisoners on Robben Island and a
variety of Shakespeare’s characters and writng about leadership from their
perspective as teenagers living in South Africa in 2016.
workshop culminated in a performance of selected Shakespearean quotes, extracts
from the interviews and new pieces of writing created by the young people.
Feedback on the Workshop:
learnt a lot about myself and about ethical leadership, and what it means to
have an entirely new and different perspective on Shakespeare’s works (for the
better), and am very grateful that I got the opportunity to look at and learn
about his work with such insight.’
fellow grade elevens who attended this workshop with me are some of the
greatest students I have ever met, and I look forward to seeing how each and
every one of us contribute to making the world a better place by being ethical
liked how we got an opportunity to write and discuss our opinions (which were
actually listened to and appreciated).’
finished the week knowing that I can be a greater leader and had acquired more
and strengthened my leadership skills.’
week went very well; it was very exciting. I would like to rate the workshop 10
of 10. Even the food was good!’
views on Leadership:
would act as a leader in my own life by first bringing change in my life like
doing self-introspection. To change what's bad to good and what's good to much
more best and I can also be a leader by making sure that I bring change and
keep my promises because leaders with empty promises mislead the world.’
week has helped me get to know to tackle the problems arising in my leadership
process. What makes an ethical leader and how you lead, personally,
locally, nationally and internationally.’
I could contribute to South Africa's future is the level of education, the
importance of clean environment and the importance of being an ethical leader.’
who sees all as equal, and has a good moral compass. By taking initiative and
responsibility, as well as being ambitious and inspiring to those around me.’
being strong, but also open-minded and listening to the opinions of others.’
being able to empower others, as well as educate them and be able to make an
important decision (based on consideration of all involved).’
have learnt that I am someone who prefers to lead from behind, but also make
sure that my view point and opinion is heard. I learnt that leadership is not
only about the person leading, but also about those that are being led.’
course is targeted at young people & their educators within and outside
of the education system in South Africa. Itcan be run in a community centre or
within an educational setting and can be scaled up as needed due to the module
basis of the work. The course can consist of practical drama workshops,
seminars, creative writing tutorials, lectures, self-study and opportunities
for reflection as well as forward thinking. The teaching methods for the
course are highly participative and interactive in which the learners are
acknowledged experts in their own lives and experiences.
· Indicate how the theme of leadership
is developed in Shakespeare’s plays.
· Review the current situation of your
own behaviour around leadership.
· Review the current situation of those
in leadership roles [personal, local, national & international].
· Explore the interviews with the former
political prisoners and how they view leadership.
· Explore how to make positive behaviour
changes your own behaviour around leadership.
· Show those with power to change laws
or practice around leadership positive behaviour changes.
· Create Ethical Leaders: ‘Be the change
you want to see’
Objectives (Learning Outcomes):
Knowledge and understanding of
· How Shakespeare and the former
political prisoners explore concepts of leadership.
· How our own behaviour can be
positively changed around leadership.
Current practice of leadership and its critique.
· Empowering those not in a position of
leadership to take on those roles or to influence those in leadership
have had the great honour to interview several former political prisoners who
have become South African MPs, ANC National Executive Committee members and
contributors to the development of a democratic South Africa – all whose impact
on today's South Africa is enormous. From these most humble of men come gems of
great leadership qualities. The importance of citizenship and one's
ability to make positive social change were at the forefront of every
interview. I see this course as a wonderful opportunity to use the former
political prisoners’ chosen Shakespearian quotes along with their interviewsto develop current and future ethical