Artsfest: In Flux – Excavate
Theatre • What's On at the NAC
Showing: to 22/06/2017
“The first lie of a map is that it is the truth”
In Flux is a provocative, witty and enlightening performance performed by a cast from England, Turkey, Syria and Iran, that throws new light on the issue of asylum and migration from the Middle East.
The show interweaves three narratives: Ishil Caner tells the story of the young Iraqi female TV comedy writer whose sisters who all live in one nation and yet find themselves in four different countries. Adel Hamad shares his story of escaping the war in Syria to travel, via desert and ocean, to Nottingham. Through the story of Alec Guinness and Lawrence of Arabia, Andy Barrett explores the secretive Sykes-Picot agreement of 1916 which led to the creation of Iraq and the current map of the Middle East. The storytellers are accompanied by Iranian born Sherry Fatemi with voice, daf and setar; and projections and animations by Graham Elstone.
Commissioned by The Centre for Hidden Histories, with support from the Red Cross, this performance examines the history of borders in the Middle East and the implications of their continuing collapse on those who live in the region and those fleeing from the wars that have been unleashed there. The show has been built upon extensive research and conversations with refugees, asylum support services, and academics.
Approx. Running Time 75 mins
Doors Open: 7pm
Event Start: 7.30pm
Event Finish: 9.15pm
Age limit: 13+