Presented and supported by The Cockpit as part of Theatre Maker
WELCOME TO THE UK
Roll up! Roll up!
"They are back!
You loved their satire of Calais Jungle. You thought their journey was finally over.
They thought so too.
Come in, ladies and gentlemen. Take a seat.
Hold on tight... it's Borderline!
Expect humour, horror, live music and candy floss.
Please mind the gap between the continent and the island.
BBC INTERVIEW: https://vimeo.com/311042326
"Theatre that springs from the eternal need to share stories, to foster understanding, and to just get together in a room and laugh." - Time Out
"Hilarious and horrifying. A powerful watch." - Everything Theatre
"1/2 A hilarious ode to the UK we know (not so) well" - Felix
"An engaging and impassioned production" - London theatre1
"Hard-hitting, hysterical production" - London Love culture
"Vital" - Theatre Bubble
"Theatre that refuses to form an orderly queue" - Exeunt Magazine
"A powerful piece that will move and outrage in equal measure" - Remote Goat
"An emotional, engaging and vital piece of theatre" - The play the Thing
Note from the director
Welcome to the UK sets Britain in a wild funfair, led by an accordion-playing ringmaster/prime minister who rules this place with her hostile environment policy.
With satirical songs, clowning and vibrant ensemble performance, we raise awareness in the alarming absurdities of the refugee crisis, Brexit and global politics...
This show is their stories, their voice, their talent and their sense of humour. It's also an ode to the UK we love.
A satirical play with a Sudanese, Italian, Syrian, Gambian, Iranian, Iraqi, Afghani, Zimbabwe, Armenian and French touch." Sophie NL Besse (director)
About the company
Borderline is a unique theatre ensemble of 14 refugee and European performers shortlisted for the Community integration Awards.
It was created by PSYCHEdelight, a participatory theatre company of Sanctuary founded by Sophie NL Besse a writer, director and psychotherapist.
Three years ago they all embarked on an artistic and human adventure to raise awareness and change the negative narrative often associated with refugees.
In 2016 they created Borderline, a satire of Calais Jungle and after touring nationally and internationally soon became known as "The Borderline people".
"The work of PSYCHEdelight is smart, nuanced and important. They create work that shines with authenticity, that does all the great things theatre should do - Entertain, move, provoke and motivate." - Theatre Delicatessen - Roland Smith.
"PSYCHEdelight is one of the leading creators of theatre with refugees, exploring new ways to embed genuine participation that can lead to professional performance and artistic development." - Counterpoints Arts - Tom Green.
Tuesday 11th and Wednesday 12th June - 7:30pm