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Gosforth Civic Theatre

Regent Farm Road

Newcastle upon Tyne

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A satire of the Calais Jungle with a cast of European and Refugee performers comes to Gosforth Civic Theatre this October. The critcally-acclaimed show, developed by PSYCHEDelight, portrays life in Calais Jungle for refugees with a razor sharp edge, the perfromance will be followed by a Q&A from creator Sophie Besse, cast members and local refugee charities.

The event is free but ticketed. However a suggested donation of £10 or an adult sleeping bag will also be welcome on the night and subsequently donated to refugee charities.

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Sophie Besse first went to the Jungle as a volunteer in August 2015 and she then facilitated art-based workshops there throughout 2015 -2016. She was expecting to meet victims of war but behind the trauma, she also found extremely resilient and resourceful people. After a horrendous journey they had managed to build a small town without any governmental help. Yes, the Jungle was a proper town with restaurants, shops, a church, a mosque, a hairdresser and even a turkish bath! In the workshops that Sophie led, she witnessed the refugees’ thirst for beauty and comedy: an urge to run away from the horror that had struck them or at least to talk about it through a different lense.

This experience gave Sophie the impulse to create Borderline with an ensemble of European and refugee performers altogether from 7 different nationalities : UK, France, Syria, Afghanistan, Chile and Sudan. Borderline is the result of a 6 weeks devising period including 10 days of workshops with Frank Wurzinger, a professional clown facilitator.

Borderline is a human adventure bringing diverse communities together and hopefully a project that will improve public perception of integration issues and refugees when the debate can often be dominated by negative narratives.

Why a comedy of such a tragedy?

"Because we are not poor miserable people. We don't want pity." Baraa. Syria


“High Comedy amidst the Poignancy. Powerful. Important.” Huffington Post

"'I don't want any more sadness in my life' - comedy theatre about life in the Calais refugee camp" The Guardian

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