The aim of MY NAME IS OTHER is to conduct research, consult with experts and gather personal stories to inform the writing of a political text for a full-length production scheduled to run in London 2019. The text will be informed through community-theatre group workshops and one-on-one interviews with migrant and refugee participants alongside in-depth interviews and consultancy with field experts on displacement and racism.
MY NAME IS OTHER will create a platform for marginalised and silenced voices in migrant and refugee communities to be heard and will offer the audience and participants an insight into the mechanics of scapegoating and othering, how national identity is formed by social, economic and political factors and will investigate how past and current right-wing ideologies systematically breed hostile environments for those most vulnerable.
This project is driven by a deep concern for the existence of ‘accepted’ racist and fascist sentiments, and anger at the state-led normalisation of violence(s) against 'the other’. Our objective for MY NAME IS OTHER is to expose the state’s divide and conquer tactics and investigate its motives in order to arm audiences with awareness, knowledge and empathy.
The interviews and workshops will take place at our partner space, Applecart Arts Theatre, between 3-18th September 2018.
We will hold a public rehearsed reading of the text in February. Details on how to attend the reading TBA.
Director-writers: Sînziana Koenig and Nico Vaccari
Actors: Angel Carousel and Lizzie Clarke
Producer: Claire Gilbert
20 workshop participants / interviewees TBA
Field experts and project consultants: Dr. Olivia Vicol, Jenny Barrett, Dr. Freddie Laker, Malia Bouattia
Applecart Arts Theatre, community-based theatre in Plaistow, London
Camden People's Theatre, political theatre in London
Work Rights Centre, a London-based charity which provides free and confidential employment rights advice
Dr. Dora-Olivia Vicol, Chair of Trustees at the Work Rights Centre and Research Associate at Queen Mary University
Jenny Barrett, doctoral researcher at the Refugee Studies Centre of the University of Oxford
Dr. Freddie Laker, lecturer and academic researcher at LSE, SOAS, UCL & the University of Cape Town. As a refugee himself Dr. Laker knows what it is to leave a war zone and experience discrimination
Malia Bouattia, former president of the National Union of Students, the first female Black British and Muslim leader of the NUS and a prominent voice in the UK’s anti-racism front.
MY NAME IS OTHER has been supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England. Other funding at the time of writing has been given by The Really Useful Group and the Unity Theatre Trust.