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Speak Back

Speaking back to the media

24 Jun 2017

Speak Back is a series of storytelling workshops and public performances that looks at media narratives of global conflict and migration, exploring how these narratives shape attitudes to people displaced by conflict.

Migration has high visibility in the media and in the associated public debate, despite this, there are many aspects of migrant experience rarely narrated in the news. Speak Back will focus, in particular, on media narratives that shape attitudes that perceive immigrants or migrant bodies as somehow ‘illegal’.

The project brings together academic researchers, Implicated Theatre, and artists, alongside migrant rights organisations in Birmingham, Nottingham and London, to reflect on and critique concepts of citizenship and non-citizenship, seeking ways to transform attitudes and actions.

Based on the lived experiences of members of Implicated Theatre, the Women’s Cultural Forum and Birmingham Asylum and Refugee Association, a series of public performances will challenge the news headlines, media narratives and their ‘facts’ on immigration. They will offer viewpoints and stories showing seldom-seen or heard realities of immigration and its control, presenting migration with a complexity that often has no place in the media agenda.

Implicated Theatre will be working with the Nottingham Women’s Culture Exchange, and Birmingham Asylum and Refugee Association

Join us for performances on:

Saturday 24 June, 2-5pm at Nottingham Contemporary, Weekday Cross, Nottingham  

Wednesday 28 June, 12-2pm at St Martins Youth & Community Centre, Gooch Street, Birmingham

Free. No booking required.

Speak Back is part of a wider research project, Conflict, Memory and Displacement, led by researchers from University of East London, Birmingham City University and Nottingham with partners in Italy at the University of Bologna.

In collaboration with Serpentine Gallery.

Implicated Theatre has been working since October 2011 in a series of workshops and performances  at the Serpentine Galleries’ Edgware Road Project. Instigated by artists from and working with theatre director Frances Rifkin, the experimental workshops explore the relationships between political speech and action, the self and the collective, voice and silence. Now in it’s fourth year of working and performing, Implicated Theatre has been forming close relationships with migrant’s rights groups and unions, Implicated Theatre creates theatrical interventions inspired by real-life struggle, and highlighting issues of social justice.

The project emerge from a series of workshops using Augusto Boal’s Theatre of the Oppressed. Deciding to leave your homeland implies a moment of hope in the future, as well, perhaps, as a time of desperation, fear and retreat.  Invisibility, discrimination and injustice, achievement, change and aspiration, are all elements of the experience of going to live in a new place.  Implicated Theatre have worked in collaboration with the Migrants Resource Centre and migrants rights organisations such as the Anti-Raids network (2012), Latin American Workers Association (2013) Justice for Domestic Workers (Summer 2014) and most recently with UNITE’s Hotel Workers Union and the United Migrant Workers Education Project (UMWEP).  

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