WHAT IF YOU HAD ONE HOUR TO FLEE YOUR COUNTRY?
Compiled from real life interviews with asylum seekers and refugees living in the North of England, TO WALK IN YOUR SHOES explores the side without a voice. With stories from Syria, Iran, Pakistan, Eritrea and recounting their experiences living in the UK, the play explores the strength and resilience of the human spirit and challenges the myths and untruths perpetuated by the media.
THE STORY SO FAR…
This project began in 2013 when RedBobble Theatre teamed up with documentary photographer Rachael Munro-Fawcett and charity PAFRAS (Positive Action for Refugees and Asylum Seekers), to create a piece of
"To Walk In Your Shoes tells a
mesmerising tale...will be playing on your mind
long after you've left the theatre"
a verbatim play
TO WALK IN
"Heartfelt and engaging"
"True stories beautifully staged"
"Very realistic...it was part of my life that was being played''
verbatim theatre alongside a unique exhibition of photography exploring the topic of what it really means to seek Asylum.
They spent months visiting charities, drop ins, community centres and even peoples homes, gathering research and stories. The play and exhibition had sell out successes at Seven Arts Leeds, Royal Northern College of Music Manchester and the New Vic Theatre Stoke. The collaboration was then chosen to be part of Manchester Library Theatre Companys' (now HOME) annual curated Re:play Festival in 2014.
After further development, a new version of the play was written with the help of Manchester playwright Rebekah Harrison. RedBobble Theatre received their first ever pot of Arts Council England funding to support a second tour in August 2016. This tour took them to the Broughton Hub Salford, St James’ at The Interchange Doncaster, BRASS Bolton and finally Hope Mill Theatre Manchester.
“They’re telling our history”
(Service user at BRASS Bolton, whilst observing an open rehearsal)
Last year RedBobble Theatre invited members of the public, the theatre community and service users of their chosen charities (Doncaster City of Sanctuary & BRASS Bolton) to observe some open rehearsals. It turned out to be an incredibly inspiring experience with some service users assisting with direction and offering insight into the reality of some of the scenes in the play.
WHAT'S ON STAGE
AUTUMN TOUR 2017
21 Sept (2:30pm/7:45pm)
Theatre 503, London
28 Sept (7:45pm)
30 Sept (2pm)
13 Oct (7pm)
Square Chapel Arts Centre, Halifax
19 Oct (8pm)
Theatre Deli, Sheffield
21 Oct (2:30pm)
St Paul's Hall, Huddersfield University
22 Oct 1pm)
Feedback for the show...
"Still thinking about the stories. A truly powerful, timely and important show"
"Moving, funny and relevant...everyone must see it!"
"Incredibly thought provoking...beautiful performances"
"This should be the politicians message to the people about immigration, not the lies that are fed"