Why is the ‘free world’ obsessed with walls ?
A unique fusion of poetry, satire, reportage, multimedia and traveller’s diary, Closed Lands traces the history of modern walls - real and metaphorical - from Berlin to Mexico to Europe.
Beginning in 1989 with the euphoria for the fall of the wall - "the end of shame", as it was described - it moves in space and time to Mexico, the Sahara desert, and the wall of water surrounding "Fortress Europe", ending with the wall of bureaucracy faced by asylum seekers.
LegalAliens' powerful and evocative production features the cast rotating through the roles of migrant, politician, citizen, CEO and a VIP bot, all part of a perverse and random mechanism. A live camera projects part of the action on screen, as our lives become increasingly part of a gigantic video game in which even the most dramatic situations - boats crossing the Med, border control techniques, the selling of weapons - can be sold to the public as glamorous products.
Based on factual research and testimonies, and performed by actors who are all migrants in the UK, Closed Lands chronicles the "Free world's" obsession with walls and our journey back to shame.
This is the English premiere of Closed Lands (Terres Closes), by award-winning playwright Simon Grangeat and performed by an all female international cast.
Presented in co-production with Exchange Theatre and part of "Migrations Harbour Europe", an ACE funded project to promote plays from across the continent focusing on migrant voices and experiences in a non cliched and theatrically original manner.Book Now
Presented by Legal Aliens
Directed by Becka McFadden
Associate Director Jonathan Millington
Translated by Laure Fernandez and LegalAliens.
Simon Grangeat is a French playwright. His writing weaves documentary, real testimonies and fiction into original dramaturgies that have been welcomed with warm reception all across Europe
LegalAliens is a female led ensemble comprised entirely of artists who are migrants in the UK. The company advocates for more and more nuanced representation of first generation migrants in theatre and their work focuses original translations of plays about issues affecting our contemporary society. Their unique style mixes traditional storytelling with multimedia and has been praised for its bold theatricality.
Previous work includes The Return by Sergio Pierattini, Poker Face by Petr Kolecko, the series Generation Icons (three plays by central European writers), and the devised pieces Chaos (inspired by Pirandello) and Who I am (performed by migrants and refugees based around Haringey).
LegalAliens offer weekly free workshops for migrants and refugees at the Engine Room in Tottenham Hale, and Foreign Languages Through Drama sessions aimed at secondary school students.
Presented in co-production with Exchange Theatre, celebrating exchange of languages and cultures in London since 2007, double offie-nominated bilingual company.
With thanks to Applecart, Counterpoints Arts, Haringey Welcome.Book Now
Playwright: SIMON GRANGEAT
Translation by: LAURE FERNANDEZ and THE COMPANY
Director: BECKA MCFADDEN
Associate Director: JON MILLINGTON
CAST: LUIANA BONFIM, DAIVA DOMINYKA, BECKA MCFADDEN, LARA PARMIANI, (5th actor TBC)
POKER FACE REVIEWS:
“Director Becka Mc Fadden makes choices rarely seen on the London stage” -
LPTheatres - 5 stars
"A timely reminder that while we may not speak the same language we’re all human beings." - The blog of theatre things - 4 stars
"The work of a confident theatrical imagination" - A younger Theatre - 4 stars
“Go see it especially if you have an interest in modern European theatre”
West End Wilma - 4 stars
“a skilfully written and very funny play” -
“The script is funny and smart and surprising.”
“The acting is brilliant”
“excellently directed by the highly experienced Becka McFadden”
“special mention to the lovely Lara Parmiani”
“Definitely worth seeing, especially if you have an interest in modern European theatre”
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