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.
30th of May to 2nd of June 2018 Prague Fringe
The multi-award winning Brite Theater present their brand new show '(Can This Be) Home'
If you have moved away from where you were born and raised, where is home? Surely it’s not back where you came from because something made you want to get away, but is it where you lay your hat tonight? Where the heart is? Or is it both those things and neither? Have you lost something forever by leaving and what have you gained then? Can you ever feel at home again? Will you let us?
This is a project that started as a Tron 100 project in May 2016 when Icelandic director Kolbrún Björt Sigfúsdóttir met up with Swedish actress Maria Jones and Scottish-Canadian dramaturgh Glenys Leigh McIntyre and started devising from a questionaire Kolbrun had sent out to a few folk that had settled away from where they were born or raised. Together with musician Tom Oakes they made a three hander that explored what 'home' is in the run up to the EU referendum, performed in Glasgow and Plymouth. It was political, it was emotional, it was current.
After the results Kolbrun did an excerpt at the Over to EU event at the Traverse Theatre. It was hard. It was obvious things had changed. So the show had to change.
Unfortunately Maria decided to go back to Sweden so starting fresh Kolbrun recruited Egyptian-Italian playwright and performer Sara Shaarawi and Hungarian co-director Eszter Marsalko to join her, Tom and Glenys in a redevelopment of the piece. The outcome was presented as work in progress at Outside Eyes at the Tron; and Hothouse at the Traverse Theatre. It was personal, it was full of love and uncertainty, it was current.
We then developed the script with Tom McGrath Trust funding and support from the Storytelling Centre and the French Institute in Edinburgh. We read it out on election day. It was angry, it was sad, it was trying to come to grips with confusion being the new norm, it was current.
We are still developing, but you can catch us at Prague Fringe summer 2018.
Music and sound design by Tom Oakes
Performed by Kolbrún Björt Sigfúsdóttir, Maria Jones (Tron 100 and Plymouth), Sara Shaarawi (Hothouse) and Tom Oakes
Directed by Eszter Marsalkó (Hothouse) and Kolbrún Björt Sigfúsdóttir
Dramaturgy by Glenys Leigh McIntyre and Eszter Marsalkó (Hothouse)
Produced by Ailie Crerar (Hothouse)
Design Assistant Maren Kelly (Hothouse)
Tom McGrath Trust, Ben Harrison, Platform, Sarah Farrell, Ben Blow, Jennifer Adam, 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.
Photos from Tron 100 performance by Matthew Thomas
Photos from Tron Outside Eyes by Mihaela Bodlovic http://aliceboreasphotography.com
Read an interview with Kolbrun about the piece here.