Between the devil and the deep blue sea – Our theatre of the oppressed project

“Between the devil and the deep blue sea” is a long term project dedicated to refugees and migrants.

Refugees and migrants come to the UK from different countries, languages, traditions, religions, cities. The experience they left behind, “home”, was personal and unique like their dreams, expectations and projects. But once arrived in Europe, all these different, personal, unique, narratives get put into ONE box with the label “migrant” stuck on it. They somehow stop being individuals and become a category that politicians, the press, the man in the street, often talks about as if they were all the same.

One of the greatest pains when you’re forced to flee your home out of war, persecution or simple poverty, is losing not only your house, possessions and friends but your own individuality.

Through our sessions we would like to not only use games, songs, sketches to encourage participants to share their stories and talk about the past, but also to help them rebuild their personal narrative in order to see a future. Especially vulnerable individuals like minors and women sometimes spend months or years stuck in limbo, waiting for papers that can set them free, surrounded by people who like them have had their hopes destroyed. We believe theatre can empower such people and make their voice heard. To prove that there isn’t just one narrative. That there is a way out and a life that doesn’t have any label posted on it.

Through theatre participants can also learn skills, practice English (spoken and written), costume making, stage making, poster designing.

We hope to be able to produce a performance – or series of performances – at the end of this project and an exhibition inspired by our work.

We believe is our responsibility, as artists and as citizens, to offer support in all the ways we can, and to help fight prejudice.