Free drama and writing tester session on June 22nd

Home, where do I belong? – from Windrush to European migrants is a FREE drama and writing workshop happening on June 22 at 3.45PM in Tottenham Hale

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Join Artistic Director Lara Parmiani and playwright Deidan Williams, share your stories, experiences and memories,  and have fun experimenting with writing and performing in this FREE tester session. You will learn theatre techniques and writing exercises to develop creativity and self expression

Everyone welcome! No previous experience needed

WHEN: June 22nd at 3.45PM.

WHERE:  Living Under One Sun Community Hub and Cafe, Bowling Green and Pavillion, Down Lane Park, Park View Rd, N17 9EX††

The workshop is part of Living Under One Sun’s Windrush Festival, a whole day of celebration of Haringey’s diverse community featuring music, food, kids areas, stalls and performances.

You can book ahead at info@legalaliens.org or just turn up on the day.

To find out more about the Windrush Festival and LUOS, please visit http://www.livingunderonesun.co.uk

Part of Haringey Festival of Learning

FREE WORKSHOPS FOR MIGRANTS AND REFUGEES AT THE ENGINE ROOM

Since January 2019 we’ve been running free workshops for migrants and refugees in Tottenham as part of Migrations: Harbour Europe. This has been possible thanks to support of the Migrant Resource Centre (recently renamed Consonants), Haringey Welcome and Arts Council England.

It’s been an absolute pleasure to get to work with so many wonderful people from different countries. We have received heart warming feedback from participants. On March 26th they presented a short devised piece, “Who am I?” during an event organised by Haringey Welcome. For most of them it was their first experience on stage and a very special moment.

The sessions have been so well received we decided to continue, thanks to a new partnership with the Engine Room in Tottenham. It’s a lovely space and community centre, and we’re excited to be able to use their premises. The workshops will run every Monday (bank holiday excluded) from April 8th 2019 at 6.30PM.

If you’d like to find out more or join, please use the contact form

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!



Limited availability book your free tickets HERE

You can attend the readings and the debates of Migrations Harbour Europe free of charge. However lovely Studio 2 has limited capacity, so please BOOK YOUR FREE TICKETS to avoid disappointment.


GENESIS
by Chiara Boscaro (Italy)
Translated by Lara Parmiani

DATE: 5th February 2019 @1.30PM
VENUE: Arcola Theatre Studio 2
24 Ashwin St, London E8 3DL
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A woman arrives in a foreign city. All around her, a language she can’t speak. Who is she? A refugee escaping war? Or somebody looking for a better place to bring a new life to the world? A modern morality play with the charm of a fairytale and the depth of an old myth

The reading will be followed by a Q&A chaired by Dr Bernadette Cochrane (University of Queensland, Australia)


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THE SEA IS MY NATION 
by Hala Moughanie (Lebanon/France)
Translated by Ruth Valentine 

DATE: 6th February 2019 @1.30PM
VENUE: Arcola Theatre Studio 2 
24 Ashwin St, London E8 3DL
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A man and his wife live in the suburbs of a city full of trash. On hearing “migrants from the war” are arriving, they decide to build a barbwire border around their makeshift property. But the encounter with two migrant women heading to the sea, has a surprising outcome.

The reading will be followed by a Q&A chaired by Dr Roxane Paire (France) 


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CLOSED LANDS
by Simon Grangeat (France) 
Translated by Laure Fernandez

DATE: 7th February 2019 @1.30PM
VENUE: Arcola Theatre Studio 2
24 Ashwin St, London E8 3DL
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A mix between reportage, traveller’s diary and medieval Passion play, this powerful and evocative ensemble piece traces the history of modern walls – real and metaphorical. Is history bound to repeat itself?

The reading will be followed by debate chaired by Dr Szabolcs Musca (University of Lisbon/ New Tides Platform, UK). Panel members: Dr Vicky Angelaki (University of Reading), Dr Graca P. Correa (University of Lisbon), Dr Bernadette Cochrane (University of Queensland), Dr Roxane Paire. 


Selection announcement!

It took us longer than anticipated to go through them 157 submissions but we’ve finally selected the three plays that will be workshopped early next year and presented as readings in February.  

They are:

Genesis, by Chiara Boscaro

La mer est ma nation, by Hala Moughanie

Terres Closes. by Simon Grangeat

These plays will be presented as staged readings at the Arcola Theatre on the 5th 6th and 7th of February at 1.30PM

We also would love to give a “special mention” to four writers whose work didn’t make the final selection but was certainly outstanding:

Welcome to Bulgaria, by Zdrava Kamenova and Gergana Dimitrova

Orli, by Tino Caspanello

Un mouchoir dans le ronce, by Anne Tinel

Under the bridge, by Abdulrahaman Khallouf

We want to thank our partners at New Tides Platforms and Migrant Dramaturgies Network, as well as Haringey Welcome. A special acknowledgement to our readers Ruth Valentine, Rockhaya Silla, Roxane Paire, Graca Correa, Vicky Angelaki, Bernadette Cochraine, Stéphane Resche, Fadi Skeiker, William Gregory, Deidan Williams, Szabi Musca, Luiana Bomfin, and Alicia Cubells

We are very excited to start working on the play. Cast and translating team to be announced soon. Watch this space!

 

TIME IS UP for MIGRATIONS: HARBOUR EUROPE. Now it’s selection time!

LegalAliens in collaboration with New Tides Platform and Migrant Dramaturgies Network have been looking for plays by European or EU-based playwrights on the theme of Migrations: Harbour Europe. Now TIME IS UP!

We encouraged submissions that addressed and reflected on the broad topic of migration and Europe. While we acknowledged the importance of documentary/ verbatim plays that deal directly with migratory identities and experiences, we really wished to attract original, bold and imaginative scripts which fully embraced theatricality and offers creative/ aesthetic alternatives for (re)imagining migrancy in Europe today.

We welcomed plays that challenge stereotypes, clichés and dominant narratives of migration. The call was intentionally broad and could be approached literally, metaphorically or abstractly. We particularly encouraged submissions from strong female voices and playwrights who identify as migrants or of migrant descent

Submission requirements:

  • Written in a European language
  • Please include a one-page synopsis in English. If an English translation exists, it can also be attached, with the understanding that LegalAliens is likely to create a new translation. Also include a short bio.
  • Plays already performed in their original language are welcome, provided they’ve never been presented in the UK
  • Between 60-80 minutes in length
  • 1-5 actors (multi-roling accepted)
  • Submitted in .doc or .pdf format

Further details

We received over 150 submissions from 17 different countries. They will be read by a panel composed of theatre-makers (directors, actors, dramaturgs), translators, academics and theatre critics. Up to three plays will be selected and – if needed – translated into English. After selection, plays will be given a week of R&D with our team in London and presented as staged readings at the ArcolaTheatre in London. Staged readings will be followed by public debates. We hope to identify at least one play to take forward into full production, directed by Becka McFadden.

Shortlist announced by 12th December 2018.
Staged Readings: 5th 6th and 7th of February at the Arcola Theatre

Terms and Conditions

The readings are part of an R&D, they will be free of charge to attract the most diverse audience and no profit will be sought by the company. A £80 token will be offered to writers at this stage, plus usage of the English translation we’ll provide.

If a play is selected for full production later in the year, royalties will be negotiated according to the British Writers Guild (Fringe agreement)

Project Partners

New Tides Platform is an independent organisation established in 2015, exploring and encouraging cross-cultural exchanges and dialogue within contemporary performing arts. As a collaborative venture we work with universities, theatres and creative/ art organisations as well as journals and publishers. As facilitators of cultural projects, we provide a forum for encounters connecting academic research, contemporary theatre-making and communities of thinkers, makers and spectators. Working as an outreach platform, we develop local, national and international collaborations and networks that are responsive to social and cultural changes within and outside contemporary theatre practices. For more information, please visit: www.newtidesplatform.org

Migrant Dramaturgies Network is an international research network developed in partnership with New Tides Platform (UK) and the Centre for Theatre Research at the University of Lisbon, Portugal. It is a platform for exchange and knowledge sharing between academics, theatre-makers and organisations involved in migrant theatre on various levels of artistic and cultural creation and development. We aim to explore emerging dramaturgies of theatrical responses to migration in light of recent migration and shifts in global politics and economics. We wish to map new theatrical forms of migrant representation and identify their impacts on national theatre cultures in shaping the perception of non-European migrants and migrant cultures. Visit our microblog at: www.migrantdramaturgies.tumblr.com

NEWS

POKER FACE at VOILA! European Theatre Festival

Poker Face will return to London for two nights as part of the VOILA! European Festival at the COCKPIT Theatre on the 12th and 14th of November.

Tickets are already available, please book ahead for a £2 off by clicking on http://thecockpit.org.uk/show/poker_face

More info soon!

LegalAliens at TACS 2017 !

We’re delighted to be part of TACS – an international festival taking place in Trieste from the 21st to the 27th of May 2017.

The aim of the festival is to “share theatre experience and knowledge”.

Companies from all over the world will present their work and teach workshops, in an atmosphere of international and multi-cultural collaboration.

 

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We will present Poker Face on the 25th of May at 6.30PM at the beautiful Teatro Stabile Sloveno (a bilingual venue! Very befitting of our work…) and our director Becka McFadden and our translator/dramaturg Eva Daníčková will teach a practical workshop called “Movement in translation” about our method of physicalising the specifics of a language when working on a new text.

A carnet offering access to all shows is available at only 30EUR. Single tickets 5EUR. To book please go to http://tactfestival.org

THEATRE OF THE OPPRESSED WORKSHOPS

From 2015 LegalAliens ha started running Theatre of the Oppressed workshops with young people, migrants and refugees.

Our sessions involve warm up games directly inspired by August Boal’s “Games for an actors and non actors” in which participants discover space and movement through group and pair work, followed by simple devising tasks like creating a group sculpture or a multi-voice poem, and finally by improvisation.

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We run complete “forum theatre” sessions, in which participants are invited to share an example of “oppression”, the example is performed, discussed, then performed a second time but this time everyone in the audience is invited to “freeze” the scene and swap with one of the actors in order to change the dynamics and potentially turn the victim into a winner

We’ve run sessions in schools, youth centre and recently during IGNITE! the annual event organised by The Challenge UK to empower young people.

If you run a school, youth centre, refugee centre or charity and are interested in Forum Theatre or in a Theatre of the Oppressed session please contact us at info@legalaliens.org

Between the Devil and the Deep Blue sea

With the refugees crisis becoming more and more prominent in the news, with threats or more war in the Middle East and further displacement of people, we feel, as artist, the need to use theatre to make sense of what is going on around us.

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LegalAliens’ project Between the Devil and the Deep Blue sea has two purposes

– Offer theatre workshops to refugees and asylum seekers, based on Augusto Boal’s Theatre of the Oppressed, in order for them not only to share their stories but to try and make sense of their experiences, the differences between expectations and the reality of their new “host” country, understand the real meaning of language and culture – there’s a lot of talking about “befriending” but what is really a friend? What does the word mean in different languages, which kind of responsibilities it carries?

– Create a play inspired by the stories we hear as well as multimedia events featuring photos, videos, audio contributions and art.

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We’ve created a Facebook page, called Between the devil and the deep blue sea (https://www.facebook.com/migratingstories/?fref=ts) and we invite anyone who has a story to contribute