On Wednesday 20 June, the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse will play host to a two-part dance performance Fragments of a Journey, an informal showing of work performed by refugees which will explore the theme of displacement. Hawiyya dance company, which brings women together to explore identity, culture and resistance through dance, will first present Safar: Journey. Drawing on traditional folkloric Arab-Dabke dance, the performance will celebrate the resilience of refugee women. Afterwards, male refugees working with Single Homeless Project and Palestinian theatre-makerMo’min Swaitat will present Fragments, depicting journeys to the unknown, memories, and the shattering and reintegration of cultures.
The festival continues with the premiere of Nanjing, a piece about identity, dispossession, and the consequences of war. Written and performed by Jude Christian, it tells the story of the Nanjing Massacre of 1937, frequently referred to as the Rape of Nanking.
On Friday 22 June, Blanche McIntyre’s production of The Winter’s Tale opens in The Globe. Exploring refuge, rage and forgiveness, the play will open during Refugee Week and run until Sunday 14 October.
Panel discussion ‘Whither Would You Go’ will take place on Saturday 23 June in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse. An examination of the global importance of imagination and empathy, this panel will use theatre and art to connect to the themes of Refugee Week. Panellists will include members of the Globe to Globe Hamlet company and theatre director Jessica Bauman. The Hamletcompany toured every country in the world between 2014 and 2016 including refugee camps in Calais, Zataari and Djibouti. Jessica has worked extensively in Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya and with migrants and asylum seekers in New York.
The festival closes on Sunday 24 June with two events for families. Renowned children’s author Nicola Davies will present her new picture book The Day War Came, explaining the inspiration and motives behind the story which depicts the plight of child refugees. A special Refugee Week storytelling session of Twelfth Night will take place in the afternoon in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, as Globe Storytellers cast new light on the displaced Viola and Sebastian.