The children at the Omnibus Youth Theatre have written their own play inspired by the refugee crisis and cannot wait to share it with you!
In my classes at Omnibus we always tell stories. Fantastical stories we make up, stories from our week or stories by famous writers. I’ve always wondered what grabs children – if they could choose what stories to tell, which ones would they pick? What kind of theatre would they see? And most of all, with the events happening all around them, what does the real world look like through their eyes?
Inspired by the tensions in the world today, the children at Actors Alive have dug into one of the most sensitive subjects of them all: the refugee crisis.
Through months of classes we’ve discussed what it means to lose one’s home, be trapped in a country at war and escaping to a world of new possibilities and challenges. Approaching this project probably evoked an unhealthy amount of anxiety for all of us. But the result is fascinating.
The children have created a story that is not only hugely entertaining and magical, but also incredibly relevant for us today. It raises important questions and shows us our harsh world seen through the imaginative eyes of our children. They have written lines, created character biographies, designed and directed a group of actors and they are now ready to share with you what losing one’s home really means to them. Hopefully it will inspire some of the children – and adults! – in the audience too. We hope you will choose to embark on this adventure with us and celebrate the wonderful imagination of the children of Actors Alive.
Camilla Gürtler, director and Actors Alive practitioner
Beyond the Blue will be performed this Saturday, 19th March at 2pm in our Studio Theatre. Tickets are available here.