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Fresh Off the Boat! Two One-Act Plays About Immigration

Theatre NewsTwo raucous comedies based on absolute truth (mostly), however absurd and unimaginable… With immigration rules changing on almost a daily basis, racist vans circling North London, and the current government debating Britain’s involvement in the European Union, we thought it was the perfect time to explore the truth about immigration through satire, farce… and the occasional exaggeration! It is also a platform for our own Artistic Director, who has recently returned to the UK following her own immigration nightmare. Sarah’s story was recently featured on BBC Newsnight and BBC reporter Catrin Nye will cover the production, using material in her follow up story. The two plays are:

A Border Story
When Brian, who is from the UK, and his American wife are refused their UK marriage visa, they must move to another EU country in order to return to England on a European Economic Area Family Permit. This is a completely autobiographical (and slightly surreal) account of Paradigm’s Artistic Director’s own visa nightmare.

The Utility People
When middle class liberals Chloe and Jake discover immigrants living in their utility cupboard, they agree to let them stay in return for doing the cleaning, cooking, and so much more. A completely true story (and not-at-all a ham-fisted allegory) from the UK Home Office files.

The Writers and Directors
Paradigm’s Artistic Director, Sarah Pitard, recently wrote The Beginning of Love for The Pensive Federation’s Rewritten, as part of the Camden Fringe. She wrote and produced The Inappropriateness of Love and Freedom, Books, Flowers, and the Moon, produced Tartuffe, and did set design for A Woman of No Importance…or Somewhat Little Importance Anyhow—All as part of Paradigm’s first season.

Paradigm’s Production Director, Cat Robey, most recently directed The Pensive Federation’s Rewritten, as part of Camden Fringe. She directed The Inappropriateness of Love, Freedom, Books, Flowers and the Moon, A Woman of No Importance…or Somewhat Little Importance Anyhow, and Tartuffe—All of which made up Paradigm’s first season. In 2012, Cat was nominated for an Off-West End Award ‘Best Director’ for her production of Ondine.

Michael Ross’ work has been performed at the Arcola, The Bush, Riverside Studios, Southwark Playhouse, Theatre 503, the Old Vic Tunnels, The Kings Head, The Old Red Lion, and the Edinburgh Fringe. He was selected by The Writers Guild and RADA for a play development scheme in 2012, resulting in a reading of his play Hungry Heart earlier this year. Most recently, his play Saving Souls In Soho was staged as part of the Band Plays On festival at Greenwich Theatre.

Eyal Israel most recently directed The Alchemist by Ben Jonson for Fast & Loose, A Little Christmas Issue for the Old Vic New Voices at The Old Vic Tunnels, Jitters at the Southwark Playhouse With Ugly Sisters Productions, Stitching at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (C Venues), I can’t even look in your eyes without shaking as a 24 Hour Play at the Old Vic, The Memory of Water at the Lion and Unicorn Theatre, Shakespeare in the Streets as a promenade performance through the streets of Liverpool. Next month he will be directing for Epoc theatre company at the Vaults.

The company recently produced four shows: Three new writing pieces (one of which was an adaptation) and one classical play. Fresh Off the Boat! is Paradigm’s precursor to the 2014 season.

Two One-Act Plays About Immigration
A Border Story By Sarah Pitard, Directed By Eyal Israel
The Utility People By Michael Ross and Directed By Cat Robey

To purchase tickets online for Fresh Off the Boat! Two One-Act Plays About Immigration, please visit:www.unrestrictedview.co.uk

The Hen and Chickens Theatre
109 St. Pauls Road
London, N1 2NA
8th-12th of October, 2013

Thursday 12th September 2013


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