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Performing multilingualism in and against the extremes Monday 21st December 6 – 7.45pm GMT

21st December 2020 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

To join this second part of our roundtable discussion, which is free, please book through Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/performance-process-and-the-politics-of-multilingualism-part-two-tickets-131264663141



Adela Karsznia is an independent researcher, translator, and editor. She received her PhD in Theatre from the University of Wrocław, and has professional diplomas in Translation (UNESCO centre for Translation Studies and Intercultural Communication) and Cultural Management (Association Marcel Hicter/Polish National Centre for Culture). She is former international publishing coordinator at the Grotowski Institute (2005–12) and her research-writing and translations have appeared in various journals, books, and films. She is co-director of the nonprofit organizations TAPAC and Culture Hub (London, UK), where she has realized several multilingual research projects, and an associate research fellow at De Montfort University, Leicester…………………………………….


Mongiwekhaya is a writer, performer and director. He has performed in works by Andrew Buckland, Fortune Cookie Theatre company, Market Theater, WellWorn Theater company, and Cirque Du Soleil. He has worked with Handspring Puppet Company since 2011. He is Artist in Residence for Center for Humanities Research (CHR) at the University of Western Cape and a member of the SA PLAYRIOT group, a South African collective of activist-driven playwrights. His award- winning play, I SEE YOU (2016), was presented at The Market Theatre, Johannesburg, the Royal Court, London and The Fugard Theatre, Cape Town, and is published by Bloomsbury

Art Babayants/Արտ Բաբայանց is a multilingual theatre creator, educator and researcher living and working in what is now called Canada. Since 2012, Art has been running Toronto Laboratory Theatre, an experimental theatre collective dedicated to the work of first generation immigrants to Canada: www.torontolab.org  He  is currently teaching acting and directing at the University of Ottawa/L’Université d’Ottawa.


The potential of multilingual dramaturgy that does not include translation, but does include multilingual actors and audiences, is not simply giving voice to minority languages and putting up “resistance to a dominant language and culture” (Byczynski, 2000, p. 33). It allows for stereotypes to be exposed and dismantled, for languages to mingle, for acting training methods and theatre cultures to collide, and for artists and audiences to interact, challenging and helping each other. In a way, it offers a utopian space that potentiates multilingual and multicultural encounters without essentializing one’s first or second language cultures and by that disrupts institutionalized isolation of artists and communities.




Sibusiso Mamba was born in Swaziland in 1978. He trained at RADA in London. He is an actor, playwright, director, screenwriter, teacher and producer. Among his theatre acting credits are: Sizwe Banzi is Dead (Young Vic Theatre London/Eclipse Theatre UK Tour); Father Comes Home From The War and I See You (both for the Royal Court Theatre, London, the latter also at Market Theatre, Johannesburg and Fugard Theatre, Cape Town); Nongogo (Market Theatre, Johannesburg); Romeo and Juliet (Chichester Festival Theatre); Othello (QM2); Train to 2010 (Crossroads Theatre, New Jersey). Sibusiso was International Artist in Residence at Crossroads Theatre in New Jersey, USA from 2012 – 2015. Sibusiso has written numerous plays that have been performed in the UK and in the USA, including plays for BBC Radio. He has also written for many television shows in South Africa including, Isidingo, Bay of Plenty, Binnelanders and Skeem Saam. He has directed in the United Kingdom, United States, and South Africa where he adapted and directed the Naledi award-nominated production of 6 Characters In Search of An Author. Sibusiso has most recently been working in Central and East Africa as Head of Scripted Fiction for Girl Effect – a global organisation that creates media brands to inspire and empower girls and young women to change their lives for the better.





Duncan Jamieson is an independent researcher, digital humanities practitioner, translator, and editor. He has taught at Rose Bruford College (2003–4), the University of Exeter (2006–9), and been a resident scholar at the Grotowski Institute (2008–12). Since 2012, he has been co-director of the nonprofit organizations TAPAC (www.tapac.co) and Culture Hub (London, UK), managing and collaborating on a range of cultural heritage and research projects, and he is an associate research fellow at De Montfort University, Leicester. His articles, edited texts, and translations have appeared in various scholarly journals, books, and documentary film