Curious Monkey, Northern Stage and Derby Theatre 


Tuesday, 9 June, 2020
Matcham Auditorium

By Lindsay Rodden
Directed by Amy Golding 

Four seasons, four people, from four corners of the world, and a teenage girl’s message in the sky.

The strange city folds and unfolds around them, like a maze of paper: a story that opens up like a book to get lost in. They haven’t found the ending yet, but they know it will have to be something extraordinary.

A powerful new play by Lindsay Rodden, Here 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 north east and Derby.

Curious Monkey have been working alongside people seeking sanctuary in Newcastle/Gateshead and Derby and children from Byker to create Here. People from all over the world including Sudan, Syria, Angola, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Iran, Zimbabwe, Kosovo, Bangladesh, Congo, Nigeria and Byker.

Here is made with sanctuary seekers from all over the world now living in Newcastle/Gateshead and Derby through an 18 months’ process of workshops, R and D, monthly theatre trips and conversations over meals together. The show will use a variety of different languages through both spoken word and integrated projection. It will be accessible for those with English as a second language. 

Recommended age 12+
Contains swearing
Includes references to home office interviews and the experiences of people who have had to leave their home country to seek asylum in the UK.
Uses projection throughout and flashing lights/images in some scenes (not strobes)


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Wakefield Theatre Royal and Opera House was designed by Frank Matcham and opened in 1894.