Global Voices Theatre is back with a selection of the best international new writing.
Come and discover plays never before staged in the UK; read and performed by members of Arcola Community Theatre Companies.
23 February, 8pm
Following the performances, there will be a half hour post-show discussion: What women want: how is female desire portrayed on stage? Panellists include Co-Founder of [Foreign Affairs] theatre company, Trine Garrett.
This event will be curated by Fauve Alice, who is a performance maker working in London. She studied at École Philippe Gaulier, Paris and has worked with various politically led theatre companies across Europe and Asia including Astragali in Italy and Out of the Cocoon in India. She is an associate artist at NPO Spare Tyre, was awarded the Artist’s International Development Fund to develop work in Poland and led a workshop for the state theatre in Bucharest, Romania, and has written and directed a short film working alongside Tribeca award-winning director Kivu Ruhorahoza.
A few words from Fauve:
“As we read the many beautiful and engaging submissions that we received from across the globe, desire seemed a fitting perspective from which to engage with these texts. For all their differences in story and form it was the desires of the characters which captured us and made us want to inquire further, to place them onstage. We invite our audience to look at these five disparate pieces from that perspective.”
Tales Of a City by the Sea by Samah Sabawi
Directed by Belinda Clarke
Torn between two worlds and one heartbreaking ultimatum, Jomana and Rami must decide whether love is strong enough to battle religion, family and home.
Shikhandi – The Story of the In-Betweens by Faezeh Jalali
Directed by Filiz Ozcan
Shikhandi was Amba in her previous life who had sworn revenge on Bhishma for abducting her from her Swayamvar and then refusing to marry her. On her wedding night, Yaksha gives Shikhandi his penis in exchange for her vagina, and she (Shikandi) is transformed into a ‘man’.
However, on the battlefield (of Kurukshetra, between the Pandavs and Kauravs), Bhishma sees Shikhandi as a woman. Will Bhishma attack Shikhandi? Will Shikhandi finally get her revenge?
Encounter by Nina Mitrović
Translated by the playwright
Directed by Emma Linley
What happens when a son and his father talk? On the verge of conflict, where communication is almost impossible, Encounter brilliantly captures the charged atmosphere between father and son, where resentment and love resides.
I Often Dream of Revolution by Olga Dimitrijević
Translated by Ksenija Latinović
Directed by Olorunfemi Fagunwa
Three women meet at the beginning of a social revolution. As they join the upheaval, I Often Dream of Revolution explores the role of women in social change and war migration, and the power of feminist love, solidarity and friendship.
Ella (She) by Susana Torres Molina
Translated by María Claudia André and Barbara Younoszai
Directed by Betsy Picart
Two men reveal their desperation, fragility and vulnerability, when suffering from uncontrollable desire. How far will they go to win one woman’s complete devotion and love?