Home is Where…
“I just belong to this world, that’s my nationality. I’m global.”
A dystopian future. Everyone Not-From-Here has been Sent Back Where They Came From. But what about those of us who don’t know where that is? In the City, the Resistance fights for a new world where the From-Heres and the Not-From-Heres can live together.
Where are you from? Why are you here? Would you give up your nationality to become a global citizen?
Friday, 2 September, 2016 at 7:30PM
pre-show ‘My Culture, Our Culture’ workshop at 6PM
35 – 47 Bethnal Green Road
London E1 6LA
Our 5-strong ensemble weave together their own international experiences with verbatim interviews from fellow cultural hybrids. What happens when you can’t answer the question “Where are you from?” Can people like us find a sense of belonging together? Against a tense political backdrop, these stories of connection and community offer an antidote to division and fear.
Original music, dynamic ensemble movement, and multimedia design create a rich audio-visual world, pushing the boundaries of what verbatim theatre can be.
Treading the line between truth and imagination, between the personal and the political, Home Is Where… aims to change the way we think about globalisation, belonging, and what it means to call this country home.
Director Amy Clare Tasker
Writer Guleraana Mir
Composer Yaiza Varona
Movement Director Paula Paz
Multimedia Consultant Ilayda Arden
Producer Clarissa Widya
Performers Sharlit Deyzac, Leonora Fyfe, Joanna Greaney, Mark Ota & Kal Sabir
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Friday, 2 September, 2016 at 7:30PM
pre-show workshop at 6PM
35 – 47 Bethnal Green Road
London E1 6LA
Writer Guleraana Mir will lead a pre-show workshop, ‘My Culture, Our Culture,’ using performance games to get you thinking about who you are, where you belong, and why we draw these lines in the sand. The workshop is free, but places are limited. Please register your interest early via the Rich Mix website.
We are proud to partner with HOPE not hate as part of their #MoreInCommon campaign. September 2-4 is a national Weekend of HOPE.
Home Is Where… was “Born In D&D” and scratched at Camden People’s Theatre and The Cockpit in early 2016. With support from Kings Place Music Foundation, we have spent the summer devising a new storyline and testing new techniques. This premiere full-length performance is the result of three weeks’ further development at Rich Mix.
Check out Amy’s rehearsal blog for more on the process of making Home Is Where…
Monday, 22 February, 2016 at 7PM
Theatre in the Pound scratch night
The Cockpit Theatre
Sunday, 31 January, 2016 at 5PM
“Whose London is it Anyway?” festival scratch night
Camden People’s Theatre
Since 2014, we have been conducting interviews with Third Culture Kids. We’re creating a performance piece that will premiere in London and then tour the UK.
We’re using a “headphone verbatim” technique, in which actors listen to the original audio recordings of the interviews and repeat the words exactly as they hear them. This method gives a detailed performance, capturing every nuance of the interview; it’s more like channelling another person rather than playing a character.
Home Is Where… aims to be a new kind of verbatim theatre, embedding our interviews into a fictional world devised by the company, and blending music, movement, and multi-media elements into an innovative performance.
Alongside the play itself, we intend to run audience engagement workshops, to explore the themes of belonging, home, and Britishness in each community we visit.
We’d love to use the raw interview recordings in an audio exhibit which could tour with the live performance, so that people can listen to whole conversations if they want to find out more of the story behind a character in the piece. In the longer term, we aim to archive our recordings and transcripts as an oral history project, so that future researchers can access these stories.
We’re also thinking about ways to activate a new TCK Artists Network, alongside this production and well into the future. We envision a community where we can connect with other Third Culture Kids making all kinds of art – and support work being made from a unique Third Culture point of view.
You can read TCK news and updates from the rehearsal room on our blog!
We are Third Culture Kids. Together, we are American, Australian, Chinese, French, German, Indian, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Pakistani, Scottish, Spanish, Turkish, Ugandan, and English, and have lived in Abbottstown, Abu Dhabi, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Brisbane, Cologne, Dublin, Evansville, Galway, Glasgow, Granada, Hong Kong, Istanbul, Jeddah, Madrid, Milan, Montreal, New York, Oman, Paris, Perth, Riyadh, San Diego, San Francisco, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Singapore, Sydney, Tokyo, Turin, Zaragoza, and all over England, before finding each other in London. We are hyphenated.
Meet the Creative Team
Amy Clare Tasker (Director) is British-born and California-grown. Her work demonstrates a commitment to new forms and new voices; a fascination with ancient, epic stories; and a profound joy in collaborative experimentation with other creative minds in theatre and across artistic disciplines. She began her career in San Francisco before moving to London in 2013, where she is continuing to develop The Helen Project, reimagining the Helen of Troy myth in both a solo show and multi-Helen performance installation (DIVAfest San Francisco 2013, LOST Theatre London 2014). She is a cofounder of London’s GAP Salon (Gender and Performance), which aims to connect, sustain, and inspire artists and advocates working for gender equality. Twitter: @AmyClareTasker
Guleraana Mir (Writer) is a Writer and Creative Facilitator. Her education work involves using dramatic activities to reinforce the National Curriculum and explore PSHE topics in schools. She also works in community settings using theatre, storytelling and movement to explore diversity, creativity, and to build communication skills. As a playwright, Guleraana’s short plays have been produced in various fringe venues in London and New York. Her most recent credit, Coconut was performed as part of an evening called Ladylogue at the Tristan Bates Theatre, during the Camden Fringe Festival 2014. Guleraana is committed to new writing and co-founded the London Playwriting Lab, a script development initiative for playwrights. She wholeheartedly believes that theatre is perfect for analysing, exploring and commenting on our ever-changing society; and this ethos can be found in all of her practice. Twitter: @g_ting
Yaiza Varona (Composer) is a media composer, musicologist and sound artist, born in Barcelona and now based in London. She divides her time between writing music for the media (TV, film, theatre, radio) and some personal projects, among them experimental audio artworks (The Malformed Creatures). Yaiza is also a featured editor in professional platforms writing specialised articles on Musicology and Logic X. She has a Degree in Musicology by Granada University in 2003, studying Early Music and Music Critics specialisation subjects, and a Certificate in Media Composition. Her interests also include Music Technology and ethnic music research. She is a Logic X and 9 Master Pro certified by Apple, working also as a instructor and consultant in person and online. Twitter: @yaizavarona
Paula Paz (Movement Director) is a theatre director, movement director and a former professional ballet dancer. She holds an MA with Distinction in Theatre Directing from Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts. She began her career as a professional Ballet Dancer with companies such as Angel Corella Ballet, Maria Gimenez Ballet and Ballet Ireland. She has been assistant director on several productions in Teatro Arenal in Madrid. Paula has cofounded and is Associate Director of the Spanish Theatre Company in London. She has directed Eigengrau, Knives in Hens and dramatissed readings of Hay que Deshacer la Casa and Historia de una Escalera. Twitter: @SpanishTheatreC
Ilayda Arden (Mulitmedia Consultant) is a Turkish-Australian-British hybrid theatremaker and performer. In her current work she explores the boundaries of interactivity and technology. She also has an interest in the small untold stories of people and places; exploring the idea of beauty across time and culture; and writing terrible poetry that will never see the light of day. Recent projects include Dead Wait (Soho Theatre & Pleasance, Edinburgh) and By The End Of Us (Southwark Playhouse) with Block Stop, and This Is A Reconstruction with MayDay Theatre (Oxford House & Camden People’s Theatre). Twitter: @IlaydaArden
Clarissa Widya (Creative Producer) grew up in The Netherlands before moving to the UK and graduated from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama with a MA in Advanced Theatre Practice. After writing and performing a couple of one woman shows in both English and Dutch, Clarissa preferred the writing process and decided focus on writing. After having been accepted on the Unheard Voices writing group of the Royal Court theatre, she co-founded Papergang Theatre to support British East Asian new writing. With her partner Simon Ly, Clarissa organised writing workshops that then developed into readings of new work. Through Papergang Theatre, Clarissa developed her producing skills, becoming an associate producer of Harajuku Girls at the Finborough Theatre and producing several readings and showcases that were performed at The Hospital Club, The Bush Theatre and the Tristan Bates Theatre. Clarissa is interested in supporting diverse work that reflects our modern multi-cultural society. Twitter: @Clarissa_Widya
Sharlit Deyzac is bilingual and multi-cultural, having lived abroad with her French family and been educated in American schools from a young age. Projects as an actress include feature films Mr. Bean’s Holiday, Picnic in Gaza and Art Ache, various short films (including her own) and commercials for the BBC and ITV. Theatre includes multilingual plays, and her company Two Tongue Theatre, which focusses on new writing, devising and bilingual plays. The first show, Folie a Deux premiered in London in November 2013. www.sharlitdeyzac.com Twitter: @SunshineSharlit
Leonora Fyfe trained at Central and has since been in plays in theatres including The Arcola, The Park and Ovalhouse. She is always glad to tap into the unknown and experimental and enjoys nurturing overgrown or stripped down characters. She recreated Andromeda in Andromeda at The Launderette, a comedic adaptation of Andromeda, Euripides’ unfinished play. In the absurdist dark comedy Strangers Welcome at The Tabard Theatre, Leonora played a rather haughty hospital administrator. At Ovalhouse Theatre you saw her unravel whilst playing a mother with post-natal depression in Rock Mother. She has also had parts in TV and film including CBBC (BBC) Eastenders (BBC), Star Stories (Channel Four) and Mile High (Sky). She has played a medley of characters, from a mother with post-natal depression to a rather odious princess way over to a psychologist with psychological problems. Twitter: @LeonoraFyfe
Joanna Greaney is an Irish actor/writer/collaborator/puppeteer. Trained at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (formerly RSAMD) and The Gaiety School of Acting, Dublin. Roles included Ranevskaya (The Cherry Orchard), Goneril (King Lear, Shakespeare’s Globe), and the title role in Hamlet. She performed in, and helped to devise, Hollow for On the Verge Festival (The Arches, Glasgow), and Lewis Hetherington’s ensemble play, The Fragmented Life of Dorothy Lawrence (The Traverse, Edinburgh; The Cockpit, London). Other stage work includes; Measure for Measure, Macbeth, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Most recently, Joanna was a puppeteer on the show Angeleta and Etelvina, (Omnibus, Clapham). Joanna is currently writing a show about a young girl’s interaction with the artist Salvador Dali, to be staged early next year. Twitter: @JoannaGreaney
Mark Ota was born in Germany to a Japanese father and German mother and has lived in Germany, the US, the Netherlands and Japan before coming to the UK. He loves combining performance disciplines and is a very keen mover, having done various dance styles, sports, physical theatre, free-running and some martial arts as well as having trained as an actor. Graduating from ArtsEd in 2014, his credits include How To Hold Your Breath at the Royal Court, I Went To A Fabulous Party at the Kings Head and Romeo and Juliet at the Trinity Buoy Wharf. He also appears in in the web-series Wedding Dates. Twitter: @MarkOtaActor
Kal Sabir is an alumnus of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Scottish-born and of Indian descent, he has played a variety of roles in Shakespearean productions, Greek tragedies and Fringe shows. Since his stage debut in 2001, he has worked with creative companies such as Vanishing Point, BBC Radio, Discovery Channel, Fire Exit, Impact on Learning and Theatre Revolution. After a 5 year hiatus, he returned to the industry in 2013 and has recently played Capulet in Secret Theatre’s immersive production of Romeo & Juliet on London City Island. kalsabir.com Twitter: @MrKalSabir
Contributing Artists & Interviewers
Susie Italiano is Executive Director of Amy Clare Tasker Performance Lab and Administrator at Improbable. After a short career as a dancer, she realised that she was not meant to be on stage but rather belongs behind the scenes, where she can make things happen. She loves budgets, finance, and systems, as well as building friendly and communicative relationships with the creative teams she works with. As a child she lived in Singapore, then Hong Kong, and moved back to her home town in Italy, where she stayed until the end of her university years. She then moved to New York for a few months, and is now based in London. And yes, that’s her actual surname. Twitter: @SusieItaliano
Sheena Khanna is a freelance producer and arts administrator with over 6 years’ experience. Sheena went into arts marketing with carnival arts organisation Kinetika after a degree in Drama & Theatre Arts at Birmingham University. Two years later, wanting to get back into theatre she took an internship at the Gate Theatre where she discovered producing was her calling. Sheena then held three positions at Arts Council England where she gained invaluable knowledge of funding and arts policy. Whilst at ACE, Sheena started producing part-time for several companies including PanicLab. In May 2015, returning from a 5 month solo trip to Asia, she went in freelance producing full-time. She is currently Associate Producer at Chisenhale Dance Space, producing for Dan Watson (an independent dance and performance artist) and Assistant Producer for Scribbled Thought (a creative production company). Twitter: @SheenaKhanna
Natasha Phillips was born in Hong Kong and grew up in both Hong Kong and Australia. She has recently moved back to Australia after 5 years in London and considers herself to be a third culture kid. She was recently a participant on the Melbourne Fringe Producer Mentorship Program mentored by Josh Wright and produced Towards Transparency. Natasha is currently in collaboration of a new performance work, 7412 Kilometres of Relations, with Felix Ching Ching Ho that will premier at the Big West Festival in November 2015. Natasha has been the Assistant Producer for RIFT, Marketing & Outreach Officer for SPID Theatre and has worked and produced for companies and organisations such as You Me Bum Bum Train, RETZ, and Battersea Arts Centre. She currently works as the Executive Assistant to Adam Friedman, CEO of Shareable Apps. Twitter: @tashalashllips
Anna-Maria Nabirye is a British Ugandan Actor and creative; working on screen, stage, fashion and film. A member of The Faction Core Ensemble and Co-founder of Uganglish Fashion and lifestyle brand AfroRetro. Anna-Maria is a story-teller working within and in-between culture across a variety of artistic media to tell the stories from the marginalised and disempowered voices that will speak to the world at large to inspire change, reflection and positivity. Credits with The Faction: Blood Wedding, Fiesco, and Three Sisters. Selected Theatre credits: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Shakespeare’s Globe), Egusi Soup (Menagerie Theatre), Leaving Planet Earth (Grid Iron), 24 Hour Plays (Old Vic), Mad Blud (Theatre Royal Stratford East), A Drop To Drink (Soho Theatre), Ugly (Redladder), Handa’s Hen (Little Angel). Television: Misfits & Waterloo Road. Film: The Keeping Room (Gilbert Films), The Briny (DNA/Film4), Deep State (Film and Video Umbrella). annamarianabirye.com and afroretro.com Twitter: @AMNabirye
Alongside the live performance of Home Is Where… we are creating an Online Oral History Library, where you can listen to clips from our interviews with TCKs.
The stories we’ve collected represent a vast range of Third Culture and Cross Culture experiences, across boundaries of age, race, gender, language, and of course the literal borders that separate countries.
Meet Irma, who grew up with her French-Jewish family in Algiers during the second World War and moved to London 70 years ago when she married a British serviceman.
Listen to Claire, who grew up moving between Botswana, Malawi, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Sierra Leone, France and England.
And there’s Aslam and Kasim, two brothers who tell different sides of their Pakistani-British-Canadian family’s story.
There are already dozens of stories in our Oral History Library. Follow us on SoundCloud to get instant updates as the library expands.
Will you tell us your story?
We are creating chains of interviews: we interview a friend and ask her to interview a friend, who will interview his friend, and so on… who knows where each chain will end up?
We’ll post short clips from each interview to SoundCloud, so you can share your story via social media, and tag the friend you want to interview next.
If you’d like to be interviewed and interview a friend, please contact us at [email protected]
and we’ll help you get started.
If you spent your childhood making international moves, if you have parents of different backgrounds, if you speak multiple languages, if you consider yourself not one nationality or another, if you have more than one passport…if you are part of the TCK community, we would love to hear your story.
The main criteria are that you self-identify as a Third Culture Kid, and that you can ask and answer interview questions in English. (As the project grows, we hope to include interviews in other languages. But for now, we are making a theatre piece for an English-speaking audience.)
You can be interviewed anonymously – if you’d like to share your story but not your name, we will keep your identity confidential. Please have a look at the permissions document and return a signed copy to us with your interview audio. This gives us permission to use your words in performance. You can include specific notes on the form if there is a particular part of the interview that you don’t want to be shared. If we put your story on stage, we will contact you in advance, to let you know which parts of the interview will be performed.
to find out more, download the interview pack here
What is a Third Culture Kid?
‘A Third Culture Kid (TCK) is a person who has spent a significant part of his or her developmental years outside the parents’ culture. The TCK frequently builds relationships to all of the cultures, while not having full ownership in any. Although elements from each culture may be assimilated into the TCK’s life experience, the sense of belonging is in relationship to others of similar background.’
– David C Pollock & Ruth Van Reken, in Third Culture Kids: the experience of growing up among worlds.
What is verbatim theatre?
Verbatim theatre is a form of documentary theatre, that uses the exact words spoken by real people, word-for-word, as performance text. For Home is Where…, we will use extracts from interviews to create a theatre script.
Why are you doing this?
Personally: Third Culture Kids are fascinating. We each have a unique perspective on the world, informed by all the places we’ve called home. And because our stories are so unique, we sometimes think we’re alone, or strange, or don’t fit in anywhere. We often don’t even know we’re part of this vast and ever-expanding community of people who are like us – and not at all like us – but actually just like us.
Politically: Stories are better than statistics. Newspapers and politicians should know this, but they don’t. They play on fear and ignorance, and banish compassion. The complexities of individual lives, of family decisions, of the children who grow up to create new, mixed, British families – are ignored by a media and a political system which prefer to see the world in black and white. This piece offers a different story, across generations and across cultures, inviting audiences into the grey area which might just hold the answers we need.
How did this project start?
Hyphenated was “Born in D&D” in January 2014. Amy, Guleraana, Ilayda, Natasha, Sharlit, and Susie met at Devoted & Disgruntled 9, an open space conference for artists run by Improbable Theatre. In a session about Third Culture Kids and verbatim theatre, we shared our stories and felt inspired to reach out to more TCKs. This impromptu gathering felt like a reunion of strangers – a feeling commonly described by adult TCKs, who are often adept at fitting into new cultures and social environments, but don’t fully belong in any one community.
Read Amy’s blog post about how her story inspired her to find other Third Culture Kids.
Thanks for thinking of supporting Home Is Where! We need your help to bring our TCK stories to the stage!