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MIGRATIONS: HARBOUR EUROPE - Closed Lands, by Simon Grangeat

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Arcola Theatre

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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 - from Berlin to Mexico to Europe. Beginning far away, on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean, the four actresses’ symbolical journey becomes progressively closer and more intimate. Is history bound to repeat itself? What is our place in this enormous mechanism?

Thursday 7 February 2019: 1:30pm
Length: 60 mins
Translator: Laure Fernandez
Cast: Daiva Dominyka, Luiana Bonfim, Lara Parmiani, Becka McFadden
Director: Becka McFadden

The performance will be followed after a short break by a public debate chaired by Dr Szabolcs Musca (University of Lisbon/ New Tides Platform UK/ Migrant Dramaturgies Network). Invited speakers: Dr Vicky Angelaki (University of Reading, UK), Dr Graca P. Correa (University of Lisbon, Portugal), Dr Bernadette Cochrane (University of Queensland, Australia), Dr Alison Jeffers (University of Manchester), and Dr Roxane Paire (Independent scholar, France).

Simon Grangeat is a French playwright whose writing mixes documentary, verbatim and fiction in unique theatrical form. His work includes Du Piment dans les yeux, Une si jolie mariée, Un Cœur Moulinex, Deux pieds demain, Divines désespérances, T.I.N.A. – une brève histoire de la crise, Faut-il désespérer du monde ou mourir en riant?, and the collection of plays for young people, Les Méchants. His plays has been widely performed in France at Comédie Française, Collectif À Mots Découverte, Théâtre du Rond-Point, C.D.N and have been translated into Catalan, English, Spanish, Hungarian and Greek. Since 2015 Simon has been directing and writing as part of a multidisciplinary artistic collective. He is also in charge of the reading committee at Panta Theater in Caen.

Closed Lands is part of MIGRATIONS: HARBOUR EUROPE, a project led by LegalAliens theatre in collaboration with New Tides Platform, UK and Migrant Dramaturgies Network, with the aim of finding new approaches to the theme of migration, with a particular focus on the representation of the migrant experience.

www.legalalienstheatre.com

www.newtidesplatform.org

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Funded by Arts Council England

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