Wednesday, 25 March 2015
Welcome to Little Eden
After their successful production, 4.48 Psychosis by Sarah Kane, Chalk Circle Theatre Company returns to The Garage, Norwich, in April (14th – 18th) with an absurd and funny musical that takes a satirical look at nationalism.
An alarmingly normal man is kicked out of the house by his wife. After hours of walking, tired and lost in the middle of nowhere, Adam needs a lift and a sofa for the night. An old school friend with a dark past arrives and they spend the night in the open, dreaming up Little Eden, the best of all possible worlds where everything is for the best. Or is it?
Supported by the Arts Council, Norwich City Council, Norfolk County Council and directed by Adina Levay, the story of Little Eden has been devised by a passionate and talented ensemble comprised of young asylum seekers from Norwich and professional theatre makers. Together they have created an original piece of theatre exploring the connection between people and place, and the dynamic affecting this relationship, exploring narratives of identity, belonging and displacement.
A parallel story strand follows the journey of two young refugees from Africa to the UK, finally arriving in Little Eden just in time for a party with unexpected results.
The production aims to challenge negative public attitudes towards asylum and immigration and to increase the representation of BAME in the arts in our region.
‘With Little Eden, we all contributed towards the creation of the narrative, text, visual elements, sound and movement. We inspired each other, pushed each other’s boundaries and learnt from each other. I wanted to explore ways of co-authoring a performance with everybody involved as creative partners and encourage a diversity of voices.
‘As a theatre director I’m interested in how we develop our personal and group identity.’ said Adina Levay.
The creative team in alphabetical order: Chris Ellis - composer/performer, Sophia Egler - set & costume design, Moyses Gomes - photographer, Belona Greenwood - writer, Bereket Kudos - performer, Adina Levay - director, Michael Law - performer, Rachel Martis - performer, Laura McGill – performer/choreographer, Aeria Pulijaia - perfomer, Hetty Rance - performer, Safian Toheed - performer, Salman Toheed - performer, Solianna Wedeargay - performer.
Tickets for the show can be booked at the Theatre Royal Box Office T: 01603 630 000 or online www.theatreroyalnorwich.co.uk