On Saturday 23 June there will be a one-off performance to highlight the global refugee crisis – and raise funds for UNHCR, the United Nations Refugee Agency.
Performers from across Cheshire will come together in the Salisbury Studio at Chester Little Theatre to present Moving Stories – an intimate performance of short plays and sketches written in response to the global refugee crisis.
According to recent figures from the UNHCR, there are nearly 22.5 million refugees around the world – over half of whom are under the age of 18. The 2015 European migrant crisis was the biggest since the Second World War, with over 1.2 million people seeking asylum.
Moving Stories was developed in response to this. It was first performed at the National Theatre in 2016 by a cast of well-known actors including Juliet Stevenson, David Morrissey, and Rufus Hound. The pieces they performed were written by some of Britain’s leading playwrights, including David Edgar, Michelle Terry and Stephanie Dale – writer of the 2013 Chester Mystery Plays, and of The Lost Boy which received its world premiere at St Mary’s Creative Space in Chester last year.
Cassian Wheeler, himself a performer in 2013 Mystery Plays and chief organiser of Moving Stories in Chester, says: ‘As well as adult members of the Little Theatre, we are pleased to welcome members of the Little Theatre’s Youth Theatre who are performing a dramatised version of My Name Is Not Refugee, based on the award-winning children’s picture book by Kate Milner. It is being performed with the author’s blessing and we are really excited to see this being included as part of the show.
‘The pieces that make up Moving Stories are dramatic, poignant and sometimes very funny. But they are all linked by what it is like to be a displaced person – and how we respond to people in crisis.’
Moving Stories will be performed in the Salisbury Studio at Chester Little Theatre on Saturday, June 23 at 7.45pm. Tickets are £5 each, with all proceeds going to UNHCR. Further donations will also be accepted after the performance.
Full information can be found on the Chester Little Theatre website, www.chestertheatreclub.co.uk. Tickets can be booked online here, or telephone TicketSource on 0333 666 3366. Booking fees apply.
Recommended age: 14+.