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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!