comes back to London for 7 performances only!
Borderline: 13 countries 1 Family
After an International tour that took us all the way to India, we will be back in London in Jan 2019 with our new creation "Welcome to the UK!" and 7 performances of Borderline, our first show that somehow became our ensemble name!
PSYCHEdelight facilitated art based workshops in Calais Jungle throughout
2015 -2016. Sophie, a theatre director and art-therapist witnessed among the refugees an eagerness for comedy as a way to contrast and express their tragedy. This experience gave her the impulse to create "Borderline". The show is the result of 6 weeks devising period with an ensemble of European and refugee performers altogether from 9 different nationalities : Uk, France, Syria, Afghanistan, Iran, Italy, Palestine, Chile and Sudan.
Why a comedy?
Because comedy is just the other side of tragedy, a different way to approach the Western's response to the situation in Calais: We bounced on its insanity and absurdity! Our aim was also to improve public perception of refugees by conveying a positive image far from the dark one often portrayed in the press. We wanted to show their resilience, their numerous talents and their incredible sense of humor that helped them many times along their painful journey.
Borderline is co-produced by Counterpoints Art and received the precious support from Arts Council UK, The French Institute, The Cockpit, The Young Vic taking part, Theatre Delicatessen and Old Vic Workrooms.
"Borderline has established PSYCHEdelight as one of the leading creators of theatre with refugees, exploring new ways to embed genuine participation that
can lead to professional performance and artistic development." Counterpoints Art
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"I had enough sadness. I love making people laugh. it makes me feel better..." Enayat 17y from Afghanistan.
TOUR DATES 2018
INDIA (Kerala) : 20-29 Jan
DENMARK (Aalborg): 8-9 Feb
LONDON: 6-11 March Pleasance Theatre
LONDON (school show): 12 March 2018
OXFORD (Oxford Human Rights Festival): 17 March 2018
NORWICH 16 June 2018. SOLD OUT
SWITZERLAND (Lausanne): 18 June 2018
THE GUARDIAN 10 min Documentary
ALJAZEERA: Interview with Borderline
AL ARABY TV 10 min Documentary (2hrs 13 mins in)
LONDON LIVE Interview “Syrian refugee starts in comedy about Calais”
LATEST TV Interview with Director Sophie Besse
HUFFINGTON POST “High Comedy amidst the Poignancy. Powerful. Important.”
THE GUARDIAN: The funny side of Calais Jungle
REFUGEE WEEK “The refugee art's project everyone's talking about”
WEST END EXTRA Refugees beat visa issues and lack of funds to stage ‘funny’ play about the crisis
SOUTHBANK CENTRE INTERVIEW “From Sudan to the stage”
THE BIG ISSUE “Did you hear the one about the refugees?”
LONDON REVIEWS HUB "Fascinating and purposeful piece of theatre"
"The people in Borderline hold me and catch me again." Abd Alrehman. Syria
Abd Alrehman Slama
Mohanad Hasb Alrsol Badr
Tamara Astor (accordeon)
Basel Zaara (drums)
Habib Sadat (drums)
Director: Sophie NL Besse.
Clown facilitator: Frank Würzinger
Ensemble work: Rémy Bertrand.
Set Designer: Petra Hjortsberg
Sound design: Iurii Galkin
Pictures: Jose Farinha and Severine Sajous (top group pic)
Poster: Pauline Labadie
Producer: Rebecca Laughton