UNSTATED is a powerful story based on the true testimonies of the men and women who seek refuge in the UK. Sometimes smuggled, sometimes forced from their own land, they wash up in Britain only to endure more hardship and destitution.
Topher Campbell’s compelling production fuses an explosive mix of film and live action. Written by Fin Kennedy ,(John Whiting Award, winner) from filmed interviews and digital designed by international artist, Roney Fraser-Munroe, and designed by Victoria Johnstone, UNSTATED aims to debunk some of the myths that surround asylum seekers and expose how we treat some of societies most vulnerable.
Britain is home to just 3% of nearly 9.2million refugees worldwide, and ranks 14th in the league table of EU countries for the number of asylum applications per head of population, yet there persists a tabloid view that Britain is being over run by asylum seekers. (Statistics: Refugee Council)
UNSTATED has been developed as a collaboration with agencies from civil society that work in this area: The company interviewed a range of subjects from individual asylum seekers, workers at Immigration Centres and experts, to offer up a dramatic picture and invite audiences to decide just how fair the system really is.
A cast of four actors along with filmed sequences, will appear in this interactive show presented in a promenade space with the venue being turned into a ‘removal centre’. UNSTATED continues the RED ROOM practice of creating potent work that challenges the status quo. The cast is Marva Alexander; Alasdair MacEwen; Tosin Olomowewe & Clara Onyemere.
Theatre director and Filmmaker, Topher Campbell became Artistic Director of the RED ROOM in autumn 2006, and UNSTATED is his first UK production with the company. His previous theatre credits include Flamingo at the Gate, Notting Hill (West Yorkshire Playhouse) and Jar the Floor (West Yorkshire Playhouse). Topher Campbell was Associate director at West Yorkshire Playhouse and a recipient of the prestigious Jerwood Directors Award at the Young Vic in 2005.
Playwright Fin Kennedy’s credits for theatre include Protection (Soho Theatre), Locked In and We Are Shadows (Half Moon Young People’s Theatre) and the infamous How to Disappear Completely and Never be Found, the first unproduced play to win the John Whiting Award, which premiered at Sheffield Crucible in 2007 and has subsequently been produced around the world.
The RED ROOM previous credits include Hoxton Story, Stitching (Time Out Best off West End Production) & Bogus Woman (Best Fringe Performance MEN). Alongside productions, the RED ROOM also hosts RRPlatforms, one off events incorporating film, performance and debate to encourage activism and forge alliances.