First of all I have to declare an interest. I was lucky enough to be a volunteer team leader
The show itself was a promenade performance using the atmospheric location of the
The show is so well crafted, blending the various styles of story telling, and moods of the
It's almost impossible to pick a favourite moment, all the elements were so well balanced and beautifully delivered. But the puppetry was a real standout for me. Even though I lurked at the back of the audience you would often find me edging forward for Michal's story as there was so much detail put in to the movement of 'little Michal' , and even though the rooms were warm, the simple but effective way the horrors the Syrian refugee may have experienced were conjured never failed to send a chill down my spine. And the way that Amed's story was told via a series of gorgeous models contained within file boxes was just exquisite.
The show was billed by MIF in its programme as being for those over 8 and their families, which whilst true I think initially did it a bit of a disservice, as you may have assumed as an adult that it was not for you. But it worked on so many levels and was as suitable for adults without children, as it was for children and families. It was pitched at an appropriate level for children, stopping short of the graphic horrors, but it was thought provoking, moving, challenging stuff for all ages. And there was a good balance of light and dark, you never felt preached to, there were fun elements, but also elements that made you challenge your assumptions, threaten tears, and widen your understanding. Younger audiences were engaged throughout and were ready to discuss the themes at the end, many of the adults left in tears (free hugs were available from the MIF volunteer!)
As the audience leaves they are encouraged to pen a message for people arriving to this
It's hard to imagine this show in another location as the 1830s Warehouse suited it so
(all photos: Jonathon Keenan)