“HERE By Lindsay Rodden
Four seasons, four people, from four corners of the world, and a teenage girl’s message in the sky.
A Northern Stage, Curious Monkey and Newcastle University co-production
Four seasons, four people, from four corners of the world collide. The strange city folds and unfolds around them, a story that opens up like a book to get lost in.
Set against the backdrop of Byker this powerful new play, HERE, by Lindsay Rodden is about finding sanctuary in the unlikeliest of places. About dancing on rooftops, blossom in winter, and re-writing the story of the city as your own. About two best friends with a library card, and the power they summon through friendship and books to make something magical. To say WE WERE HERE.
HERE is part of The Arriving Project – Curious Monkey’s ongoing work with people seeking sanctuary in the UK, who have come from all over the world.
The play is set in a library in Newcastle, a place of sanctuary and a place that protects stories. It is about the power of stories, books and reading, how precious and personal stories are and how they must be offered, not taken and how sometimes they can be diminished or not believed by the Home Office system. It is a tale of two teenage girls and a man who have come to live in the UK from Angola, Albania and Kurdistan. It’s a story of unlikely friendship. The play explores what it means to be new in a city, it explores seeking asylum here as well as welcome and the power of poetry and literature. The play is beautiful, poignant, funny and energetic. It is suitable for ages 12+. It will appeal to people with lived experience of seeking sanctuary and to those that work with and understand the realities of arriving and navigating the system. It is ultimately an uplifting play with a positive ending.
Suitable for ages 12+
(The play will run from 4th – 12th March at Northern Stage. You can book tickets here.)
There will also be a digital stream of the performance 8th – 12th March, get tickets for this here.”