Local performers working with leading figure in contemporary Rwandan theatre Hope Azeda hosted a spectacular showcase in The Playhouse Theatre in April 2011.
More than 40 local people, several of whom had never acted before, presented four unique works, sharing a common foundation of the values of humanity.
Hope Azeda is a leading founder member of Mashirika Creative and Performing Arts (Kigali) one of Rwanda’s major theatre companies. Last week to mark the 17th commemoration of the Rwandan genocide Mashirika performed a 15 minute peace of theatre and dance ‘Echos of Peace’ for over 40,000 people.
During Hope’s one month residency at The Playhouse organized by The International Culture Arts Network ICAN and SEEDS (Solidarity Equality Education DiversitySupport) she created a platform enabling local people to explore diversity and difference.
The aim of the residency was to provide individuals, local facilitators and community workers with practical performing arts skills that can be used to promote community integration.
‘Walking The Walk’ is the culmination of three weeks work with local people to create the intimate and raw theatre event, where every participant took credit for the authorship of the work. Local dj collective bOUNCE provided music on the night.