This performance of Borderline, supported by UEA Refugee History, is one of the Refugee Week events taking place in Norwich this June 2018.
Borderline is a satire of the Calais Jungle devised by an ensemble of refugee and European performers, and directed by Sophie NL Besse. This brave and original take on a controversial topic boasts a cast of thirteen. It features performers from Afghanistan, Sudan and Syria, who experienced Calais first-hand, and six British, French and Chilean experts in physical comedy.
Borderline highlights the absurd aspects of European border control and of the asylum regime. It also reveals a side of the ‘Jungle’ camp that is rarely seen: the camaraderie, resilience and ingenuity of its inhabitants. After performances sold out repeatedly in London, the cast have toured in the UK, Europe and India.
Besse explains, in an interview with Marienna Pope-Weidemann, her decision to use comedy to represent the Jungle camp. She says that “it makes the cast feel good to make people laugh. People don’t realise how heartbreaking it is to feel like you only inspire pity. Sympathy opens the heart but struggles to open a mind or a nation on its own. So what Borderline says is what everyone who’s been to Calais knows: that these people – there’s all sorts, as with any group – but as a whole, are so resourceful, so resilient; not a burden at all, but a gift.”
The cast have also developed Borderline II, which looks at the – sometimes frustrating, sometimes completely ridiculous – asylum system in the UK.
Watch the trailer here.
The performance will be followed by a Q&A with the cast.
Running time: 1 hour + 30 mins Q&A
Suitable for all ages.
Tickets are free can be booked by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org