June 24, 2021 - June 26, 2021
Decolonise Your Ears New Play Festival
The Inaugural Decolonise Your Ears New Play Festival is a three-day virtual festival running June 24-26th, 2021.
Decolonising theatre doesn’t mean tossing out the likes of Tennessee Williams, Joe Orton or the Bard. It means brown and black bodies having space and time to explore our voices, develop our practices and explore lesser-known cultural forms without having to negotiate, conform or squeeze into the parameters of Western aesthetics.
Festival playwrights were chosen through an open submission call and juried process. Playwrights then worked with their partnered dramaturgs to develop three drafts of a script. The development process culminates in a staged reading of the pieces at the Inaugural festival.
Decolonising theatre means expressing culturally specific ideas, mythologies, music, dance; IBPOC bodies occupying space in celebration of our unique identities, and subverting rigid hierarchies that inevitably harm ‘lesser’ company members, in favour of a more equitable approach. The belief that the Greeks invented theatre is a myth. Theatre has been practiced by folx all over the world since the advent of community, but has in many contexts evolved into an elitist and unwelcoming arena. This must change.
The festival will be Deaf Accessible with ASL Interpretation throughout.