Tech and Light Designers, WE ARE HIRING!

Hello tech and light people!
We are looking for a lighting designer and technical director for a week-long London run of Simon Grangeat’s Closed Lands at VAULT in March 2020

We initially staged this work as part of an r&d earlier this year, with a technical set-up involving two projectors and a live-feed camera. We are now looking to refine and streamline this set-up to allow us to adapt to a Fringe-style turnaround time.

We’re looking for a collaborative individual who will work with the director Becka McFadden and associate director Jon Millington on the technical design of the show, encompassing light, sound and video projection. Our work embraces liveness and views the technical elements and their operator as a fellow cast member responding as events on stage play out in real time.

If this way of working excites you and you’re experienced in working with multimedia elements on stage, we want to hear from you! As a company founded and led by migrant women, we are particularly keen to receive applications from female-identifying designers or fellow migrants to the UK. Please send a CV and a short email of motivation to by 15 November. In case of any questions, please feel free to drop us a line.

Key info  
Fee: £450-£650 (£450 to design + £25/show to operate up to 8 shows)
Interviews: 9 December, London
Dates: Pre-production/consultation with creative team (Jan to mid-Feb); 2-day tech intensive (approx 14-16 Feb, dates tbc); tech rehearsal: 2 or 3 Marchshow dates: 3-8 March

Our FREE workshops are back!

Join us again at The Engine Room for our FREE theatre workshops for migrants, refugees, asylum seekers and any member of the community interested in getting together and explore their creativity.

From Monday 23rd of September at 6.30 PM we’re back at the Engine Room in Tottenham Hale for our weekly appointment.

Space is limited so please BOOK to register your interest! Please email Please email or call 0207 354 9631

The workshops are kindly supported by the Harnisch Foundation.

If you’re an ESOL provider and would like to chat about us running workshops for your students please email

What previous participants said:

The workshops really helped with my English and everyone here now feels like my London family (Adnan, Turkey)

I felt so much more confident going for interviews after learning how to use my voice and posture. I have such a positive energy (Zanete, Latvia)

Every Monday I go home with a big smile on my face (Marta, Italy)

I really enjoyed it when we performed our piece, I was very proud (Ahmed, Syria)

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 or just turn up on the day.

To find out more about the Windrush Festival and LUOS, please visit

Part of Haringey Festival of Learning


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.

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)


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) 


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:

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: