The new commission by Theatre Témoin – produced by Bedford Music in Detention and delivered by Bedford Creative Arts in partnership with The Higgins Bedford – was developed in collaboration with local refugee, asylum seeker and migrant groups:
“Welcome to our homes. For Nabil, it’s the street where he used to crack eggs on the hot pavement in summer. For Callum, it’s the picnic tables outside his local pub. For some, home is a terrifying place to flee from, for others, an idea worth fighting and dying for. Inspired by true stories from across the globe, Routes is a fantastical journey through danger, hope, and humanity.”
‘Asma – Routes Bedford’ is a large-scale puppetry and sound installation theatre piece, the artwork for which was created over the course of several workshops, led, directed and finalised by Theatre Témoin, with the local refugee, migrant, Bedford community groups.
The project showcased on 6 and 7 October as part of BedPop Fun Palaces at The Higgins, Bedford and will form part of Theatre Témoin’s exciting new ‘Routes’* project which will premiere in 2019.
Screenings of ‘Asma – Routes Bedford’, a film by Andy Willsher of the showcase in October, are soon to be announced for Refugee Week 2019.
*’Routes’ by Theatre Témoin. Commissioned by Without Walls, Stockton International Riverside Festival and Greenwich+Docklands International Festival. Supported using public funding by Arts Council England. R&D supported by Theatre Delicatessen.