We asked Amarachi Okorom, WEYA emerging artist and participant of our Up Next masterclass series, which her favourite session was and what she learnt from it. Here’s what she had to say –
Decolonising theatre. I could just end it right there and it would describe the masterclass perfectly. However, I will say I was blown away by how open and raw we got to be. I’ve been excited for Candy’s workshop from the moment the line-up got announced, and to say it exceeded my expectations would be an understatement. At the start of the class, we introduced ourselves and also said the name of the women who helped shape us. I found that amazing. She mentioned that our last names usually only recognise the male figures so it felt good to pay my respects to my mother and grandmother.
I loved being able to speak my truth without feeling the need to censor it. Honestly, the process of decolonisation is not an easy one, but we’ve always got to remember to look after ourselves as well.