A moving yet satirical one woman show addressing the harsh realities of Europe’s current refugee crisis through the eyes of a frontline volunteer.
Ellen Muriel brings her brand new autobiographical play to London this year as part of National Refugee Week. At 4pm & 7pm on Sunday 19th June Hive Dalston will play host to a unique blend of poetry, puppetry and song as she attempts to address the expectations, experiences and insecurities of volunteering along Europe’s refugee route over the last 6 months.
Coming from a traditional education in theatre and finding herself suddenly immersed in humanitarian aid work, Muriel attempts to combine old skills with new experiences to bring alive the existential issues that surround this mass movement of people, encouraging the audience to consider their own position within it.
‘What is my relationship and responsibility, as a white, middle class volunteer, towards the refugees crossing Europe? Is there such thing as a selfless good deed?’
The stage resembles French and Greek makeshift camps, with a simple set made entirely of found objects from the proximity. Muriel uses a combination of shadow and cloth puppets, slam poetry, live acapella singing and humorous role play to entice the audience into an honest dialogue, using her own experiences as a base to address popular misconceptions surrounding this media frenzy.
Available from Brown Paper Tickets
12+ Contains strong language.