Beyond the Blue is a play written by children in response to the refugee crisis. It will be performed at Camden People's Theatre on the 5th of November 2018 as part of their No Direction Home: a festival exploring displacement, migration and refuge.
This is a chance for us to raise awareness of the play and the idea of children being an active part in helping refugees and how we treat them, and we are super excited!
ABOUT THE PLAY
Beyond the Blue questions what it would be like to lose your home and look for a new one, and what effects conflict can have on a child.
The play was written by 5-7 year olds exploring how we can put ourselves in other people's shoes and show empathy towards refugees new to the UK. The play was inspired by pictures from Syria, and the children created a storyline featuring four toys escaping their home at war, looking for a new place of belonging, mirroring the reality of what's been happening in the world the last couple of years.
Children have the power to change our collective behaviour for the future, so we want to promote the ability to understand other people’s suffering and acceptance of different culture in our artistic work. We believe theatre has a responsibility to promote positive social change, and we want to use it to encourage children (and adults!) to broaden their awareness of social issues.
We are hoping to tour the play in primary schools in London in 2019, including workshops on empathy and using theatre as a way of understanding people from different backgrounds.
Cut the Cord questions the world we live in by turning it upside down. We explore political issues through bold visual narratives and movement, unlocking the physical life of a text. Our work focuses on new international writing and the crossover between science and imagination, questioning what it means to be human. Humanity and empathy is at the core of what we do, and we're very excited about the potential of Beyond the Blue and how it can encourage us to be more empathetic by trying to imagine what the journey of a refugee child might be like.
YOUR ROLE IN THIS
This is a huge opportunity for us to do some more research and development so that the play is a fresh response to the current political climate. The production at Camden People's Theatre is an opportunity for us to shape the play into a future tour, with a view to tour schools in late 2019. This way, we can explore the themes of the play with young people and workshop ideas of empathy through storytelling and performance. The 5th of November is an opportunity for us to show the play to teachers and industry people looking to support our tour.
But to do all this, we need your help.
We need to raise £500 to get the show to Camden People's Theatre. We need to raise money for:
- Artist fees (because artists are super important!)
This performance is a huge step for us as an emerging company and individuals developing our work with young people and their stories. Without support, this won’t be possible and we won’t raise awareness for a future tour. Any little donation from you would make a massive difference to us and get Beyond the Blue a bigger audience. We hope we can make a difference to young people and how they treat others of different cultures with this play, and this is the first step.
Come and see us at Camden People's Theatre, tell us your thoughts in the bar, and see first hand what a play written by children is like! Buy your tickets here:
We can't wait to see you there!
If you want to know more about us check us out on www.cutthecordtheatre.com