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
This edition’s theme is Desire. Fauve says:
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
between two worlds and one heartbreaking ultimatum, Jomana and Rami
must decide whether love is strong enough to battle religion, family and
Shikhandi – The Story of the In-Betweens by Faezeh Jalali
Directed by Filiz Ozcan
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’.
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
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
I Often Dream of Revolution by Olga Dimitrijević
Translated by Ksenija Latinović
Directed by Olorunfemi Fagunwa
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
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?
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.