Migrants come and steal our jobs.
Migrants don’t speak our language properly and I can’t understand them.
Migrants speak their language on the bus and I feel intimidated.
I can’t recognise my neighbourhood anymore because migrants set up their shops.
Migrants’ children slow down the rest of the class at school
Migrants cause crime.
Migrants are terrorist
Migrants should go back to their country
Because of migrants hospitals are overcrowded.
A British politician recently, arriving late at a meeting, even managed to blame the traffic on the motorway on migrants.
But who are this headless, grey, threatening crowd we generally label as “migrants”?
As a company dedicated to explore the impact of multiculturalism on our societies, we thought it was hight time we gave “migrants” an identity and a voice. We want to discover people’s stories, journeys, dreams, experiences. We want to get to know them as individuals and listen to their point of view.
Thanks to the amazing charity MIGRANT VOICE (http://www.migrantvoice.org/) we’ve been given the chance to do just that. On the 30th of January we’ll run a workshop with a group of immigrants from different countries living in the UK, encouraging them to use theatre to express their point of view and tell THEIR stories.
We’re incredibly excited and honoured to begin this collaboration.
Keep an eye on this blog for future developments. And if you’re a non British citizen living in the UK and affected by issues regarding immigration, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to get involved.
“Migrant Voice will transform how migrants are seen and heard in the media: from passive, disempowered and marginalised victims, to makers of their own media content. It will mobilise migrants who are concerned about the way their communities are portrayed by the media to engage in positively influencing the immigration debate and changing public attitude.”