Speak back! Performances on 24 and 28 June 2017

Speak Back is a series of storytelling workshops and public performances that looks at media narratives of global conflict and migration, exploring how these narratives shape attitudes to people displaced by conflict.
Migration has high visibility in the media and in the associated public debate, despite this, there are many aspects of migrant experience rarely narrated in the news. Speak Back will focus, in particular, on media narratives that shape attitudes that perceive immigrants or migrant bodies as somehow ‘illegal’.

The project brings together the research team, Implicated Theatre, and artists, alongside migrant rights organisations in Birmingham, Nottingham and London, to reflect on and critique concepts of citizenship and non-citizenship, seeking ways to transform attitudes and actions.

Based on the lived experiences of members of Implicated Theatre, the Women’s Cultural Forum and Birmingham Asylum and Refugee Association, a series of public performances will challenge the news headlines, media narratives and their ‘facts’ on immigration. They will offer viewpoints and stories showing seldom-seen or heard realities of immigration and its control, presenting migration with a complexity that often has no place in the media agenda.

The research team and Implicated Theatre will be working with The Women’s Cultural Forum, Nottingham and  the Birmingham Asylum and Refugee Association, Birmingham.

Join us for performances on:

Saturday 24th June, 2-5pm at Nottingham Contemporary, Weekday Cross, Nottingham

Wednesday 28th June, 12-2pm at St Martins Youth & Community Centre, Gooch Street, Birmingham

The events are free with no booking required.

Author: Kirsten Forkert

Kirsten Forkert is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Media at Birmingham City University.

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