The Paper Project - Oval House Theatre
THE Paper Project, part of the Arts and Migration Festival at Ovalhouse, takes place from September 11 to September 14, 2013.
Dedicated to the 155,000 undocumented children living in the UK who cannot fulfill their dreams of university or a career and live in fear of deportation, this visual spectacle is an ambitious and deeply moving performance installation that invites audiences to walk through the strange and sometimes alienating world of young migrants living in London, represented throughout Ovalhouse’s various spaces.
The Paper Project is a unique collaboration between Ovalhouse’s young migrants group, Counterpoints Arts and Mark Storor, an award-winning and widely celebrated artist working in the space between live art and theatre, whose previous work includes the TMA Award-winning For The Best at the Unicorn (2009) and The Fat Girl Gets a Haircut at the Roundhouse (2011).
Storor’s work is devised, often site-specific and always collaborative.
The river Nile runs beneath a south London tower block; a girl lives amongst the plates in a china cabinet and a young man catches the scent of his family. Salih Ahmed, Temor Al Kaisi, Hassan Al Mousaoy, Tamara Brenlla, Tania Cadena, Resa Gashi and Victor Rios present a living document, a startling testament to their experience.
Ovalhouse is a sector leader in arts and migration and has been working with young migrants for eight years.
Counterpoints Arts is a hub of creative arts and cultural projects exploring refugee and migrant experiences. They believe in the dynamic power of the creative arts to inspire social change and enhance inclusion and cultural integration of refugees and migrants. Their work aims to ensure that the rich cultural and artistic contributions of refugees and migrants are recognized and welcomed within British culture, history and identity. As a Creative Hub, Counterpoints Arts co-create, develop, produce, facilitate, promote, curate, research, publish and disseminate a range of arts and media projects.
The Arts and Migration Festival at Ovalhouse includes:
My Life In Pictures – September 9 to September 14.
A cross-cultural exhibition brings together a series of photographs by young people in Iraq and young migrants in London. The project was developed by British/Iraqi photographer and young associate at Ovalhouse, Hassan Al Mousaoy.
Journey to Freedom by Bola Agbaje in collaboration with Marginal Voices – September 11 to September 14.
Journey to Freedom is the first part of a new play inspired by the women’s true-life stories of the challenges and difficulties they face rebuilding a life after trafficking. It features five of the Marginal Voices participants working alongside a creative professional team.
Marginal Voices, founded by Caryne Chapman Clark, is a pioneering theatre project specially designed for women who have been trafficked into prostitution and domestic slavery. It aims to enable former victims of trafficking to position themselves as experts; transforming their traumatic experiences into positive change.
Tickets: £10, £5 concessions – available from the box office on 020 7582 7680 or online at www.ovalhouse.com/.
The Paper Project will also be performed at The Platforma Festival at Manchester University on November 2, 2013.