WHAT IF YOU HAD ONE HOUR TO FLEE YOUR COUNTRY?
"There is no immigrant because we are all human. If a British person can be an ex-patriot
in Africa, then we are all ex-patriots here, seeking a better life "
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.
"A fine piece of ensemble theatre"
****THE GOOD REVIEW
"TO WALK IN YOUR SHOES tells a mesmerising tale...will be playing on
your mind long after you've left the theatre"
****WHAT'S ON STAGE
a verbatim play
TO WALK IN YOUR SHOES
"Heartfelt and engaging"
"True stories beautifully staged"
"Very realistic...it was part of my life that was being played''
"Strong, engaging theatre, simple staging & delivery really drives the message"
"Integrity & resonance & very stylish"
"There was always humanity & flashes of humour"
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 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)
This time round 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.
RedBobble Theatre are currently taking bookings for a final tour which will be in September – October 2017.
If you're interested in the piece and want to discuss the possibility of RedBobble Theatre bringing it to a community hall, church, school or theatre near you please get in touch!