1st of June 2016 The Lab, Theatre Royal Plymouth as part of Plymouth Fringe (in development)
2nd of June 2016 The Lab, Theatre Royal Plymouth as part of Plymouth Fringe (in development)
16th of June 2016 as part of Tron 100 Festival, Tron Theatre, Glasgow (extract)
8th of July 2016 as part of Over to EU, Traverse Theatre (extract)
4th of November 2016 as part of Outside Eyes, Tron Theatre (extract)
10th of November 2016 as part of Hothouse, Traverse Theatre (work in progress)
8th of June 2017 script sharing after Tom McGrath Trust script development funding at the French Institute (work in progress).
30th of May to 2nd of June 2018 Prague Fringe
12th of July 2018 Assembly Roxy as part of Formation Festival
14-16th of March 2019 Tron Theatre Glasgow
28th of March 2019 Traverse Theatre Edinburgh
The multi-award winning Brite Theater present their brand new show '(Can This Be) Home'
The past is a foreign country
we can never return
what we used to know is gone
Going back won't bring it back
we lost it
and returning will not return it to us
the past is a foreign country
and we are foreigners to that country
as much as we are to yours
Prague Fringe 2018 New Territories Award Winner (Can This Be) Home is not your average show. It is half music gig, half spoken word. Playwright and performer Kolbrun Bjort Sigfusdottir examines the immigrant experience of the EU referendum and flautist and composer Tom Oakes plays the tunes his travels as a musician have inspired. Between them is a tape deck and a pile of sand. A show literally in the making since the summer before the vote, it has taken us four attempts to sum of the state of things these past two years. Because everything and nothing has changed.
Text written and performed by Kolbrún Björt Sigfúsdóttir
Music and sound design written and performed by Tom Oakes
Presented by Brite Theater
Developed as part of the Traverse's Hothouse programme 2016 and the Tron 100, at Plymouth Fringe, and with funding from the Tom McGrath trust and support from the Scottish Storytelling Centre and Institute Francais. Contributors during development include Maria Jones (Swedish), Sara Shaarawi (Egyptian-Italian), Eszter Marsalko (Hungarian), Glenys Leigh McIntyre (Scottish-Canadian), Marion Geoffrey (French), Ailie Crerar (Scottish), Alisa Kalynova (Russian), Ben Blow (English), Jennifer Adam and Sarah Farrell (Scottish). Many thanks to them all.
Additional thanks to:
Ben Harrison, Platform, Mhari Robinson, French Institute Edinburgh, Stottish Storytelling Centre, Tron Theatre, 13th Note, CCA, Playwrights Studio, EPAD and the Traverse Theatre for all their help and support, to Alannah, Dana, Nikki, Emma, Dave, Colin, Danielle, Joy and Rebecca for lending their voices and to everyone who answered our questionnaire.
Read an interview with Kolbrun about the piece here.