Global Voices Theatre are back with a brand new selection of the best international new writing. Come discover excerpts of plays never before staged in the UK; read and performed by members of the Arcola Community Theatre Companies, the event is programmed via an international call for playwrights and curated by Fauve Alice.

23 Feb 8pm
Arcola Theatre 24 Ashwin Street, E8 3DL London, United Kingdom
£5

This edition’s theme is Desire. Fauve says:

“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.”

From Australia/Palestine:

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.

From India:

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?

From Croatia:

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.

From Serbia:

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.

From Argentina:

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?

The reading will be followed by 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.