It is with great pleasure that we announce the selection of three plays as part of our collaborative project ‘Migrations: Harbour Europe‘. This project is a collaboration between LegalAliens International Theatre, New Tides Platform and Migrant Dramaturgies Network, funded by Arts Council England.
Within a short period of time we received 157 play submissions from across Europe and beyond, referencing a multitude of cultural contexts and theatre traditions. We are immensely grateful to all the playwrights and theatre- makers for their interest in this project and for sharing a variety of perspectives on migration and Europe!
The three plays selected by our panel are the following:
Genesis by Chiara Boscaro
La mer est ma nation by Hala Moughanie
Terres Closes by Simon Grangeat
All three plays will be workshoped early next year and will be presented as staged readings at the Arcola Theatre in London at 1.30pm on the 5th, 6th and the 7th of February 2019 followed by Q&As and a panel debate on theatre and migration featuring international theatre scholars and practitioners. More information coming soon.
We would also like to give a ‘special mention’ to four writers whose work did not make the final selection but was certainly outstanding:
Welcome to Bulgaria by Zdrava Kamenova and Gergana Dimitrova
Orli by Tino Caspanello
Un mouchoir dans le ronce by Anne- Christine Tinel
Sous le Pont by Abdulrahman Khallouf
We want to thank our panel of dedicated readers for their invaluable feedback, insights and for the stimulating discussions throughout the selection process. Special thanks goes to (in no particular order): Vicky Angelaki, Bernadette Cochrane, Roxane Paire, Stéphane Resche, Graca Correa, Fadi Skeiker, Ruth Valentine, Rockhaya Silla, Alicia Cubells, William Gregory, Deidan Williams and Luiana Bomfin.
Watch this space for further information on our programme in London!