Youth Strike for the Climate Newcastle - Protest appearance

ILLEGALISED was kickstarted with a protest in front of the Home Office and we are ending our UK tour with another protest. This time we are performing excerpts from ILLEGALISED as part of the YouthStrike4ClimateNewcastle, Fri 24th May at 12.00.

Join the movement for solidarity. The climate catastrophe has begun to hit those most vulnerable first and we must stand united and call for action. We are collectively responsible for the suffering of climate refugees if we do not act now.

Also check out our production VINOVAT, -Ă, a one-woman show about the relationship between capitalism and the climate catastrophe. It is next playing in Bucharest at Centrul Replika on the 27th of May.

Oana Pușcatu as the Romanian Zero-hours Contract Cleaner (ILLEGALISED)  Photographed by Will Alder

Oana Pușcatu as the Romanian Zero-hours Contract Cleaner (ILLEGALISED)

Photographed by Will Alder

TOUR DATES ANNOUNCEMENT - ILLEGALISED Spring 2019

The ILLEGALISED UK tour is now on sale! 

Book your tickets now 🔥🔥🔥

ILLEGALISED is protest-theatre exposing the dehumanising effects of the British State’s anti-immigration policies on migrants and those seeking asylum in the UK. ILLEGALISED is the first in BÉZNĂ’s cycle of multi-lingual plays denouncing Britain’s dehumanising of people for power and profit from colonial times to today.

Promotional photograph by Sabina Tudor

Promotional photograph by Sabina Tudor

TOUR DATES

Theatre Deli, Sheffield, Friday 19 & Saturday 20 April

Applecart Arts, London, Tuesday 23 – Saturday 27 April

Camden People’s Theatre, London, Tuesday 30 April – Thursday 2 May

Slung Low, Leeds, Sunday 5 May (pay what you can on the door)

Royal Exchange, Manchester, Thursday 9 – Saturday 11 May

Northern Stage, Newcastle, Thursday 23 & Friday 24 May

We believe that political and social theatre is a necessary tool in forming audiences’ political education and that it is their right to see it. This is why in Romania we use a funding model that allows us to present our work for free whilst all artists, creatives and collaborators are fully paid. In this way we make sure that people from all economic backgrounds have access to our work and are empowered, enraged and inspired to enact change in their society, irrespective of social class or economic potential. We aim to bring this model to the UK, to encourage artists, programmers and audiences to see social, political and educational theatre not as a commodity, but as a right. This is why our ticket prices are no more than an hour’s Living Wage in each of the cities we play in.

CALL FOR SOLIDARITY WITH STANSTED15

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When there is no justice, when the system is rigged, we make our own justice.

Monday 11th february 2019, 12.00 - 15.00

People's Trial of the Home Office & the Hostile Environment

We are showing an excerpt from ILLEGALISED at the People's Trial of the Home Office & the Hostile Environment. ILLEGALISED is protest-theatre exposing the dehumanising effects of the British State’s anti-immigration policies on migrants and those seeking asylum in the UK. ILLEGALISED is the first in BÉZNĂ’s cycle of multi-lingual plays denouncing Britain’s dehumanising of people for power and profit from colonial times to today.

The protest will take place in front of the Home Office headquarters at 2 Marsham Street, London, United Kingdom.

Find out more about the event here. Join the movement for solidarity!

CAST ANNOUNCEMENT for ILLEGALISED rehearsed readings

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We are thrilled to announce the cast for the readings of ILLEGALISED. We will be joined by Lizzie Clarke, Kamran Vahabi, Andrea Păduraru and Theo Green, directed by BÉZNĂ’s Sînziana Koenig and Nico Vaccari. 

Inspired and informed by interviews with migrants, refugees and those seeking asylum, ILLEGALISED is the first part of a protest cycle denouncing Britain’s dehumanising of people for power and profit from colonial times to today.

Join us on:

  • Jan 28th at Camden People's Theatre at 18.15. Tickets available here. The reading will be followed by a panel discussion with Dr. Monish Bhatia, criminology lecturer and activist and Alessandra Sciarra, development manager at Lewisham Refugee and Migrant Network.

  • Jan 29th at Bookmarks the socialist bookshop at 18.30. Tickets available here.

Call for Set and Costume Designer

We are looking for a Set and Costume Designer for our next show ILLEGALISED.  ILLEGALISED is the first play in a cycle denouncing the British State’s dehumanising of people from colonial times to today. ILLEGALISED is informed and inspired by interviews with migrants, refugees and those seeking asylum, investigates the Home Office’s inhumane practices and questions the ethics of immigration laws in the UK. This piece is the result of the fully funded R&D conducted Sept-Nov 2018 My Name is Other.

Rehearsals will take place 25 March - 18 April at Applecart Arts in London. Minimum attendance required is 1-2 days a week during the first three weeks of rehearsals, then for 15-25 April plus a meet and greet and pre-production meetings.

Tour dates are:

Theatre Deli, Sheffield, Friday 19 & Saturday 20 April;

Applecart Arts, London, Tuesday 23 – Saturday 27 April;

Camden People’s Theatre, London,  Tuesday 30 April – Thursday 2 May;

Slung Low, Leeds, Sunday 5 May (pay what you can);

Royal Exchange, Manchester, Thursday 9 – Saturday 11 May;

Northern Stage, Newcastle, Wednesday 22 – Friday 24 May (on sale soon).

We are looking for someone who:

  • has an interest in politics & social justice;

  • thrives in an open, collaborative environment;

  • is not afraid of taking risks;

  • has a contemporary aesthetic;

  • has experience in working in fringe theatre;

We welcome applications from designers who identify as BAME.

If you are interested and available please send your CV to contact@beznatheatre.org with the subject ‘DESIGN CALLOUT’.

We will be meeting people 28 Jan - 1 Feb, please let us know in the email when you can meet and whether it is via Skype or physically in London. 

We are presenting two rehearsed readings for ILLEGALISED in January 2019. Come along to either:

Monday 28 January 6:15pm Camden People’s Theatre, NW1 2PY (reading followed by panel discussion) Tickets available here.

Or

Tuesday 29 January 6:30pm Bookmarks Bookshop, WC1B 3QE. (Email us on contact@beznatheatre.org to reserve a seat. There is a £2 donation on the door which supports the bookshop.)

This is a paid opportunity.