Bradford Cathedral is to host a live screening of Phone Home, a play about refugees and migrants being performed simultaneously in theatres in London, Germany and Greece.
The performance which links actors in Munich, Athens and London via video conferencing, will be watched by audiences around the world – including, on October 26th at 7pm in Bradford Cathedral.
Phone Home is based on the real life experiences of refugees and migrants in a co-production between the UK’s Upstart Theatre, Pathos Theater Munich, and Highway Productions in Greece. It has been described as a “collage of stories inspired by true events. It projects the starkness of prejudice, double standards and lies in stories that cross borders with a dark sense of humour grounded in careful research.”
Playwright Zodwa Nyoni is the lead creator for the text of Phone Home in the UK. She was born in Zimbabwe and now lives in Leeds, where she was Channel 4 Playwright in Residence at West Yorkshire Playhouse.
Each national team has led a series of workshops working with refugees, asylum seekers and migrants to share skills and gather stories. Upstart Theatre has worked alongside Fairbeats, a music charity for young refugees and asylum seekers, and Write to Life, the writing group run by Freedom from Torture, the only organisation in the UK dedicated solely to the treatment and rehabilitation of survivors of torture.
The live screening at Bradford Cathedral will be free and it is planned to follow the screening with a discussion and panel. All are welcome.