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Still Waiting

BY CREW FOR CALAIS

Theatre. 1st – 5th Feb, 20:25, £9.

A hundred handshakes in the Calais Refugee Camp.

This is an event brought to you by creators of last year’s gig-theatre hit, Songs For The End of the World, about the hundred handshakes you experience in the Calais Refugee Camp, voluntourism and packets of pasta, and our relationship with Europe’s refugee crisis.

There will be music, facts, hopes and fears.

Performed by John Biddle, Dom Coyote and Loren O’Dair, Still Waiting draws on personal experience in the refugee camps of Calais, Paris and Greece, twitter feeds from the Calais camp during the final evictions, and material from the Refugee Rights Data Reports to show a version of events that simply didn’t exist in mainstream media.

Still Waiting is a celebration of the hundreds of grassroots organisations that have sprung up across Europe to support refugees, and the thousands of volunteers who have freely given in support of those journeying to Europe. We don’t pretend to be a voice for refugees, nor do we have that right. But we are saying ‘Not In My Name’, loudly, and with music, to a UK government that greets those seeking refuge with walls, barbed wire, violence and fear.

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Created and performed by John Biddle, Dom Coyote and Loren O’Dair
Lighting designed by Sana Yamaguchi

John Biddle is an actor, musician and a Crew for Calais volunteer. He studied music at Durham University before spending a number of years working as a classical baritone, performing as a soloist and with numerous ensembles. He now works mainly in theatre and radio. Projects include: Songs For The End Of The World (Battersea Arts Centre), The Ladykillers (Watermill), Henry V (Unicorn Theatre), Islands (Bush Theatre) : Live From Television Centre (Gecko/BBC), eleven series of The Diary of Samuel Pepys (BBC Radio 4), Treasure Island (Hull Truck), The Queen’s Knickers (Southbank Centre).

Dom Coyote is a composer, performer and songwriter. He leads on his own projects, mixing music and theatre in unexpected ways, and composes original scores for companies, theatres and artists. He studied creative writing at Dartington College of Arts, and went on to become apprentice to Kneehigh Theatre, who he still works with regularly. Since then, Dom has worked on projects ranging from large scale circus to one-on-one music installations and has created a series of gig-theatre projects commissioned by organisations such as the National Theatre, Sydney Festival and Battersea Arts Centre.

Loren trained at Ecole Jacques Lecoq, Paris. She has recently played Lisa in the regional premiere of Made in Dagenham, a female Sherlock Holmes on tour in America, and Reza in Once in the West End. She has also worked with the Citizens Theatre Glasgow, the Dukes Lancaster, Slung Low, the New Vic, Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds, dreamthinkspeak, the Southbank Centre and Odin Teatret. She is also a musician and an aerialist, and a volunteer with Crew for Calais.

Crew For Calais LogoCrew for Calais are programming three weeks of pared-down, rapid response performances in which we offer a different narrative about refugees to that presented in the UK’s media. There are no big sets. We’ve not had years to develop these pieces… and thus they have an immediacy, honesty and truth that makes them unique and exciting.

Crew for Calais is what happens when people from the theatre and creative industries come together to help refugees. We are delighted to be working with VAULT this year. To find out more about what we do and how to get involved, visit www.crewforcalais.org.

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