An overwhelming response – reactions to Migrations: Harbour Europe

From the 5th February 2019 for three afternoons, we took over Studio 2 at the Arcola Theatre with our readings and debates about theatre and migration. We presented “Genesis” by Chiara Boscaro, “The Sea Is My Nation” by Hala Moughanie, and “Closed Lands” by Simon Grangeat.

We were overwhelmed by the response. What had started as a simple showing to conclude our R&D, had turned into a three day theatre marathon, attended by almost 50 people daily.

Stelios Trakas, Lara Parmiani, Daiva Dominyka and Luiana Bonfin in “Genesis”

And what was particularly heart warming was how diverse our audiences were, a mix of migrants and refugees invited through partners organisations, students, researchers, actors, theatre makers, academics.

Not only the readings were so well received, but the Q&As and panels – curated by Szabolcs Musca from New Tides Platform and Migrant Dramaturgies Network – saw some fiery debates and an incredible participation.

We will soon release clips from the debates as downloadable podcast, and will share more details about feedback on the plays and plans for the future. Check this space!