Evros | The Crossing River

International physical theatre company, Seemia, dive into the refugee crisis.

Evros | The Crossing River follows a young Syrian woman, Doaa, who dreams of a better life amongst a backdrop of war, terror and enduring love. Whilst planning her escape with her family, Doaa’s life changes when she meets Bassam.

Along the way we meet families from her neighbourhood. The boy from the local garden centre, whose tranquil existence amongst the flowers is torn apart. A mother who attempts to keep her children safe. We venture into the everyday of families in extreme conditions and follow the performers as they ask ‘How can we walk in their shoes?’

This immersive experience envelopes you into the current refugee crisis playing with the idea of borders, not only showing different ways of accessing an urgent and complex subject matter, but also challenging the idea of ‘us’ and ‘them’. Evros | The Crossing River is bursting with stories, musicality, poetic text and physical theatre.

Devised with support from Arcola Theatre & Theatre Delicatessen and Arts Council England.

1hr 00m
The Vaults
31 Jan — 04 Feb 18:00
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About the company

Seemia Theatre

From the native Persian, Seemia translates as ‘Casting a spell with words.’ True to it’s word, Seemia’s current production, Evros, is a spellbinding show.

Seemia Theatre are an emerging international theatre ensemble dedicated to sharing stories that ought to be heard. We endeavour to connect the performers and audience with current issues in society fusing physical theatre, musicality, poetic text and storytelling.

The ensemble of 6 artists from Iran, Argentina and the UK was established in October 2015 following 8 months of training with acclaimed Polish theatre company, Song of the Goat. Seemia Theatre are supported by Tangled Feet.

Artistic Team
Directed by
Sara Amini
Theofano Pitsillidou
Cast includes
Maryam Davari, Manuel Lavendera, Cheryl Prince, Charlotte Slater & Robin Paley Yorke

Press & Reviews


★★★★ "This is an emotive, challenging and sharp play which shines a light on the plight of refugees."