BABYLON Beyond Borders

Bush Theatre in association with Harlem Stage, Market Theatre Lab and Pequeno Ato
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A live streamed performance happening simultaneously in four countries.

Four extraordinary theatres, each deeply rooted in their own community, explore their relationship to home, language and migration. A Brazilian activist at the Pequeno Ato Theatre in São Paulo performs with a chorus of women from Shepherd’s Bush. Musicians at Harlem Stage in New York City act out the experiences of students at the Market Theatre Lab in Johannesburg in a celebration of the possibility and power of cross border encounters.

Devised by Sarah Elizabeth Charles, Pedro Granato, Mwenya Kabwe and Ruthie Osterman.

Project Partners

Bush Theatre (London, UK) – a world-famous home for new plays and an internationally renowned champion of playwrights.

Harlem Stage (NYC, USA) – an award-winning performing arts centre that features diverse local, national, and global artists in music, film, opera, theatre, dance and literature.

Pequeno Ato (São Paulo, Brazil)- award-wining young independent theatre focusing on creating new dramaturgy and contemporary aesthetics.

Market Theatre Lab (Johannesburg, South Africa) was operating as an independent, non-racial theatre during the country’s apartheid regime. The theatre provides a platform for professional performing and visual arts repertoire.

Presented by Bush Theatre and Battersea Arts Centre in partnership with Artistic Directors of the Future.

The UP NEXT initiative is funded by the Arts Council England Sustained Theatre grant. Babylon Beyond Borders is generously supported by Stavros Niarchos Foundation, the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and Garfield Weston Foundation.
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Dramaturg and Writer: London
Live Stream Producer
Community Coordinator
Producer
Movement Director
Lighting Designer
Director
Performers

Cast

Lydia Bakelmun
Lydia graduated from Drama Studio London in 2016. Her credits include; Polstead (tour Eastern Angles), The Palestinian in the Basement is on Fire (Southwark Playhouse), The Recruiting Officer/Indebted to Chance (The Old Red Lion Theatre), Hecuba Birangona (Kali Theatre, Tristan Bates Theatre), The Bashful Lover (Read Not Dead, Shakespeare’s Globe) and Wallenstein: SchillerFest (The Faction, The Bunker Theatre). Lydia will next appear in 10 at The Vaults.
Carol Walton
Carol trained at the London Contemporary Dance School. Her stage credits include The Boy, The Piano and the Beach for Slot Machine Theatre and multiple productions with The Oily Cart Theatre Company, Theatre~Rites and The Schools Company at West Yorkshire Playhouse. Dance credits include Starlight Express (London and Japan), Joseph and The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat and The Lion King. She has choreographed various productions. Screen credits include a selection of shorts and commercials, feature films David Brent - Life on the Road and County Lines and Stella for Sky TV. Radio and Voiceover work includes Conception and Watch with Baby for Radio 4s Womans Hour.
Afia Abusham
Afia Abusham is a graduate of the Stella Adler Studio of Acting, NYC. Afia is a British-Sudanese Actress and Musician (Clarinet, Piano and Voice); she has produced and devised many pieces both in the UK and US. Theatre credits includes: The Ballad of Rudy (Actor-Musician) at the New Wolsey Studio; Stains at the Lyric Hammersmith; The Three Musketeers; Macbeth; (Classical Theatre of Harlem); The Talk (Written Foundations); Jezelle the Gazelle; When the Night Falls; The Crucible. Other television/film credits include: Apple Tree House, Gentrifiers, Undefeated, Islamaphobia.

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27 Jan
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27 Jan
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25 Jan
@bushtheatre Thanks all! Congrats on Baby Reindeer too - great show.
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24 Jan
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24 Jan
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23 Jan

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