Over the last few months Excavate have been working with The Centre for Hidden Histories to examine the history of borders in the Middle East and the implications of their continuing collapse on those who live in the region and those who are fleeing from the wars that have been unleashed there.
This free performance interweaves three monologues – the history of the secretive Sykes-Picot agreement of 1916 which led to the creation of Iraq and was a key influence on the current map of the Middle East; the story of a woman whose sisters all live in Kurdistan and yet find themselves in four different countries; and a young man’s account of how he escaped the war in Syria to travel, via the Sahara desert and the Mediterranean ocean, to Nottingham.
With projections, live music and performers from England, Bakur, Syria and Iran this is a provocative and enlightening performance.
There will be a collection after the performance for the Red Cross Tuesday Night Group who provide free English classes and activities to those who have just arrived in the city.
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Live at Lunch for Refugee Week
Tuesday 20 June at 1pm
The Rainbow Choir & The Royal Company Storytellers
on the Theatre Royal Nottingham Dress Circle Foyer
A special Theatre Royal lunchtime event for Refugee Week combining traditional and modern tales from the Royal Company Storytellers, the Theatre Royal’s own storytelling troupe and songs from Nottingham’s Rainbow Choir that draws its members from many different communities and cultures.
Free admission – no need to book, just turn up on the day. A bucket collection will be made for relevant charities.
Venue: Theatre Royal