Dr Dennis Eluyefa
Dennis’s research interests are in Non-Western Theatre (mainly African); Children’s Theatre; Postcolonial Theatre and Performance; Applied Theatre and Community Theatre. Dennis welcomes interest from PhD students who may wish to research on any of his research areas.
Dennis has done many projects with Her Majesty’s Prison (HMP) in Winchester and one of the chapters in his PhD thesis was a case study of the work that he did with the inmates at HMP Kingston in Portsmouth. He performed alongside the ‘Young Gifted and Brum’ (YGB), a group of children between the age of 8 and 18 at the Drum Arts Centre in Birmingham, played the part of ‘Elesin’ (Horseman), the major character in Wole Soyinka’s ‘Death and the King’s Horseman’, from 8-10 December 2011. He was also the cultural consultant for this project, which was sponsored by the BBC Performing Arts Fund and Heritage Lottery Fund. He was involved in the Magna Carta’s project with the Lincoln Castle for the 800 years anniversary of the Magna Carta in 2015.
Book Chapters / Journal Articles Eluyefa, D. O. (2017). Children’s Theatre: A Brief Pedagogical Approach, Arts Praxis, 4 (1), pp. 77-91. Eluyefa, D. O. (2015), ‘Empowering the disempowered: The dùndún drumming tradition in a British prison’, Applied Theatre Research, 3: 3, pp. 271–283 Eluyefa, D. O. (2015) ‘The Cultural Politics of Power in the Yorùbá Dùndún Drumming Tradition’, Sixth Asian Conference on the Arts and Humanities proceedings: http://iafor.org/issn-2189-101x-the-asian-conference-on-arts-humanities-2015-official-conference-proceedings/ Eluyefa, D. O. (2013) ‘Mis/Representation of culture in two Hampshire churches’, Theatre Research International (TRI), Vol. 38, Issue 03, pp. 214-228 Eluyefa, D. O. (2012) ‘My Best Training Advice and Why’, Theatre, Dance and Performance Training Journal (TDPT), ISSUE 3. 1, (March 2012) Eluyefa, D. O. (2011). Recontexualisation of the dùndún drumming tradition in Hampshire, Unpublished PhD Thesis, University of Winchester
2016: ‘From Retributive Justice to Restorative Justice: Creative Arts as Strategies of Resistance in Britain’, Seventh Asian Conference on the Arts and Humanities (7-10 April 2016), Kobe, Japan. 2016: ‘Creative Arts as Restorative Strategies within the Criminal Justice System in Britain’, The IAFOR International Conference on Arts & Humanities (27-29 February 2016), Dubai, UAE. 2015 ‘The Cultural Politics of Power in the Yorùbá Dùndún Drumming Tradition’, The Sixth Asian Conference on the Arts and Humanities (April 2, 2015 – Sunday, April 5, 2015), Osaka, Japan. 2013 ‘Empowering the Disempowered: The Dùndún Drumming Tradition in a British Prison’, Arts and Society Conference, Budapest, Hungary. 2011 ‘“Songs of freedom I cry”: A day in the life of an inmate in a British prison’, African Theatre Association (AfTA) Annual International Conference, Swansea Metropolitan University. 2011 ‘Drumming: a holistic approach to restoration of offenders’, Second Asian Conference on the Arts and Humanities, Osaka, Japan. 2009, ‘Critiquing the term and concept of “Alárìnjó” in Yorùbá Theatre’, African Theatre Association (AfTA) Annual International Conference, University of Northampton. 2008, Panellist on ‘Supervising International Postgraduate Research Students: Challenges and Opportunities’, the UK GRAD South East Hub Conference, University of Southampton. 2008, an attendee at the PALATINE Conference on ‘Asian and African Theatre in Higher Education’ for the non-western theatre academics, University of Reading. 2008, ‘Solving or Minimising the Problem of Ambiguity in Yorùbá Talking Drum’; Research and Knowledge Exchange Day, University of Winchester. 2007, ‘Recontextualisation of the Dùndún in a British Prison’, Performing Africa! Visualizing Africa! Conference, Ohio University, Athens, USA. 2007, ‘The Concept of “Alárìnjó” in Yorùbá Theatre’, African Theatre Association (AfTA) Annual International Conference,Goldsmiths, University of London. Performances 2011, As ‘Elesin’ (Horseman) in ‘Death and the King’s Horseman’ by Wole Soyinka, The Drum Arts Centre, Birmingham (8-10 December 2011) 2011, ‘The dùndún drumming tradition’ (with the African Drumming Ensemble), Hampshire’s got talentprogramme for “The High Sheriff’s Concert”, Winchester Cathedral (5 February 2011) 2008, ‘Conversation with the dùndún’ (with children of Fairfields Primary School Basingstoke), “Step Into The Picture Concert”, the Anvil Theatre, Basingstoke 2007, ‘African Music’ (with the African Drumming Ensemble), “Church Colleges & Universities Choirs Festival”, Winchester Cathedral. 2006, ‘Performing Africa’ for “Voices in a Strange Land”: an intercultural performance with Colin Firth, St Swithun School, Winchester. 2005, ‘Leave Them Alone’, a full-length play written by me and staged at the University of Winchester. 2004 – 2009, ‘African Music’ (with the African Drumming Ensemble), “Please Note Concerts”, the University of Winchester. 2004, ‘The Saving Grace’, a dance-drama written by me and exhibited at the Anvil Theatre, Basingstoke.