The new Belgrade Theatre (Andy Stammers)
Your Stories on Stage at the Belgrade
Ever imagined having your life story performed on a stage? Do you crave the spotlight? Well your chance may have arrived as the Belgrade Theatre is looking for people to get involved in a new production about immigration, communities and culture.
The Belgrade Theatre have teamed up with Mad Half Hour Theatre Company and the Mercury Theatre in Colchester as part of a development project to devise a play based on the stories of transitory, in-comer, and immigrant communities in both Coventry and Colchester.
Lyndi Smith from the Mad Half Hour Theatre Company is appealing for people from the many varied communities in Coventry to come forward and share their tales with her.
“It can be anyone,” Said Lyndi. “People who have been on holiday abroad, the older Irish and Polish communities, anyone who has experienced a significant culture shock. We want to be really open to the community.”
The play as yet has no set storyline, but the initial idea was put into action after Lyndi heard the tale of a local restaurant owner’s experience with different cultures when crossing the border between Israel and Palestine.
Menal, who owns the restaurant Habibi in Far Gosford Street, witnessed a conflict in beliefs between the Muslims and Jews as she crossed the border. Each group were praying loudly in an attempt to overpower the other. These actions were brought to an abrupt halt after a loud bang was heard, causing the Muslims and Jews to panic. The sound turned out to be nothing more than the explosion of a crisp bag, which had been inflated and popped by Menal’s own son.
Now Lyndi wants to elaborate on this theme and find out about various experiences of culture shock, in an attempt to show people that underneath our beliefs and practices people are really all the same.
The play is yet to be titled or even fully written, but is scheduled to debut in the Belgrade Theatre’s brand new B2 auditorium in May next year. Anyone who would like to share their stories to help create the play are invited to call Lyndi on 024 7684 6741 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
last updated: 30/08/07
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