A series of workshops led to the formation and development of ‘Implicated Theatre’ collective, based in London's Serpentine Gallery.
Implicated Theatre Company
Implicated Theatre presented an immersive theatre event based on experiences of migratory hope, fear, despair and anticipation.
In Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, Viola asked “What country, Friends, is this?” Travelling for refuge, change, and establishing new lives was as much a part of the world then as it is today.
This performance emerged from a series of workshops using Augusto Boal’s Theatre of the Oppressed. Deciding to leave your homeland implies a moment of hope in the future, as well, perhaps, as a time of desperation, fear and retreat. Invisibility, discrimination and injustice, achievement, change and aspiration, are all elements of the experience of going to live in a new place.
VENUE: Greenside Community Centre Theatre
EVENT: What country friends is this - July 26th 2014
// Tuesday 27 January 2015 // 6pm // UNITE the union
Our Story is a graphic novel by Barbara Pokryszka an artist and hotel worker. Set in a hotel, the story is about low pay, workplace bullying and hope through solidarity and organisation.
Working closely with Barbara Pokryszka, scenes from the story are dramatised by Implicated Theatre and performed and developed by hospitality workers from the UNITE's Hotel Workers Branch.
Following the launch of the graphic novel an audience was invited to join hotel workers as they shared their stories of working conditions in London's hotels.
Instigated by artists from no.w.here and working with theatre director Frances Rifkin, the experimental workshops explore the relationships between political speech and action, the self and the collective, voice and silence.
Implicated Theatre creates theatrical interventions inspired by real-life struggle, and highlighting issues of social justice; Forming close relationships with migrant’s rights groups and unions.
Implicated Theatre has been working since October 2011 on a series of workshops and performances forming part of their residency with the Serpentine Galleries’ Edgware Road Project.
Implicated Theatre creates theatrical interventions inspired by real-life struggle, and highlighting issues of social justice.
With the Centre for Possible Studies, workshops have led to the development of a theatre collective, titled ‘Implicated Theatre’, as well as a growing archive of writing, still and moving images, and performances in community spaces such as the Migrants Resource Centre.
Implicated Theatre have collectively created an ethical stage – a shared space to explore the ghosts of migration, history and politics.
The Embassy Ball by Implicated Theatre // February 2013
Implicated Theatre present a performance cocktail reception with Revolutionary Waiters set against Ambassadorial Power articulated through Forum Theatre collective work on racism, sexism and illegal raids on migrant workers.
Members of Implicated Theatre hosted The Embassy Ball, a participatory theatre event based on the processes of Brazilian Theatre Director Augusto Boal. The piece bid adieu to the Centre for Possible Studies at its location on Gloucester Place.
The Embassy Ball blog article
posted on the Centre for Possible Studies website.
Set of 10 photos The Museum of Non-Participation © Mirza Butler