The play - On Missing
The Polish and Nigerian diaspora are two of the largest in the UK. For our first production, we have pulled together the talents of Adam Hypki, an award-winning Polish director, actor, dance dramaturge and graphic designer, and Moji Kareem, theatre director of Midlands-based company Utopia Theatre. Under their vision and guidance, six actors, three Nigerian and three Poles, have spent three weeks in the studio generating and co-creating content about the tropes of theatre in their country and their own experiences of migration. This is different from most multicultural theatre where the production may be pulled together by someone outside of the cultures featured.
We live in one of the world’s most diverse cities in the age of diaspora but you wouldn’t guess it looking at the theatres of London. Wretched Theatre is going to change that.
Wretched will produce work with artists from various migrant communities, using their accents, languages and theatrical traditions as features of the work, and as a way to engage in conversations with and between communities.
We need your support to put on our first production, On Missing, a collaboration between Nigerian and Polish actors and directors, all of whom have migrated to the UK. The money raised in this campaign will support three performances in November at the Cockpit Theatre. Staging these performances will prove to producers, theatre schools, and audiences that it is possible to produce quality work about the migrant lives of our multicultural London.