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Refugee Week 2020

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Refugee Week is nearly upon us! We’re excited to be sharing brand new work, Strung Out will be released in episodes from the 15-20 June. Our team has been working hard to find new ways to create under lockdown conditions, we’re pleased to discover the natural filmmakers amongst us!

We are also looking forward to welcoming new audience members to Pizza Shop Heroes. As well as leading rich discussions in the future of the arts in our roundtable event, and sharing practice as part of our Artist Workshop.

See below for how you can get involved!

Strung Out

Losing an instrument is like losing a limb, right? If it’s what binds you to home. ‘Strung Out’ follows a group of friends on a mission to find the missing piece of the puzzle, but hitting hurdle after hurdle, will the group remain intact? This short film takes a bold, sideways look at expectations, friendship and what it means to let go.

STRUNG OUT will be shared in daily episodes throughout the week on our website and social media.

Pizza Shop Heroes

On Sunday 14th June at 7pm we will be live-streaming our show Pizza Shop Heroes as part of Migration Matters Festival, followed by a post-show discussion. The show will then be available to view for the rest of the week.

We will be sharing a guide on how to creatively explore the themes of the show at home or in a youth group online.

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Roundtable Discussion: How do we challenge hostile environments in the arts?

Phosphoros Theatre, supported by Counterpoints Arts brings together artists and practitioners working with groups currently underserved by the arts to discuss, “How can we challenge hostile environments in the arts?”

Guest speakers will share thoughts on their current practice, how COVID-19 has impacted their work and how we can work collaboratively in the future. After each presentation the floor will be opened to a discussion around the speaker’s headline topic.

We’re particularly keen to welcome participation from refugee and migrant artists and practitioners

Guest Speakers:

Phosphoros Theatre (Kate Duffy and Syed Haleem Najibi)
Syed Haleem Najibi is an actor, activist and facilitator. He regularly leads workshops and trainings with groups around the country and is one of the leaders of Phosphoros Young Company at the Unicorn Theatre.

Kate Scarlett Duffy is Co-Artistic Director of Phosphoros Theatre. She is currently doing a practice based PhD looking at refugee identity, care and solidarity at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, where she is also a visiting lecturer focussing on Applied Theatre, performance and migration.

Dr Aqeel Abdulla
Aqeel Abdulla is a theatre academic and practitioner, and the founding director of Yalla Arts, a community arts company based in Exeter, Devon.

Mohammed Yahya
Mohammed Yahya is a London-based award winning bilingual Rapper, Poet, Educator and events organiser.

Tobi Kyeremateng
Tobi Kyeremateng is an award-winning cultural producer and social entrepreneur with a focus on creating rich cultural experiences and sustainable social change through film, live public events, and community-led programmes.

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Artist Workshop: Using Autobiography

A practical online workshop for early-career artists interested in making work that engages with autobiography. The workshop will be led by Phosphoros Theatre’s creative team and will introduce artistic techniques and examples from their work, which stages refugee narratives, with time for discussion about practical, ethical and methodological decision making.

This workshop will mainly be led by the Artistic Directors of the company who have backgrounds across disciplines including writing for TV, teaching, applied theatre, youth work, refugee care and research.

This workshop is for artists aged 18+

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