World Premiere 25th October – 4th November 2017 | S13 Belfast, Downpatrick Courthouse, Dungannon Courthouse, Ards Arts Centre, Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin Derry
Various: Tony Flynn
Various: Julie Maxwell
Asha: Raquel McKee
Set Designer: Stuart Marshall
AV / Video Designer: Conan McIvor
Costume Designer: Liz Cullinane
Sound designer / Composer: Dónal O’Connor
Choreographer: Sandy Cuthbert
Dialect Coach: Brendan Gunn
Production Manager: Damian Cox
Technical Stage Manager: Chris Fitzpatrick
Deputy Stage Manager: Seána Green
Community Liaison Officer: Bobbi Rai Purdy
Producers: Dominic Montague and Kathy Young
27th February – 13thMarch 2018 | Ballywalter Presbyterian Church, Civic Theatre Dublin, Lyric Theatre Belfast, An Tain Dundalk, Marketplace Theatre Armagh, Playhouse Theatre Derry, and Roe Valley Arts Centre
Lives in Translation is a powerful production that celebrates the human survival instinct through the story of one woman; who in fleeing the conflict of her home becomes trapped in a different form of struggle. She is trapped within the suffocating bureaucracy surrounding immigration.
Written by Rosemary Jenkinson and based on interviews with female Somali refugees and asylum seekers, local support workers, and community organisations; this poignant drama explores how recent migrants are forced to navigate support systems through translation. It highlights how disempowering and frustrating this system can be, and ultimately how time is controlled most by those it affects least.
The performance follows a ten-year journey through Mogadishu, Dublin, Belfast and London, as one-woman fights for a life free from constant fear and a place to make home.
“This important issue is presented by Kabosh in mixed-media documentary style, sensitively directed by Paula McFetridge” – The Stage (full articlehttps://www.thestage.co.uk/reviews/2017/belfast-international-arts-festival-review/)
“Theatre can confront audiences with stories and people that they would normally not hear or see” – Alan in Belfast (full article http://alaninbelfast.blogspot.com/2017/10/lives-in-translation-kabosh-theatre.html)
“A compelling evening of theatre” – The Irish News (full article https://www.irishnews.com/arts/2017/11/04/news/lives-in-translation-a-compelling-play-about-awful-plight-of-people-seeking-asylum-1178550/)