Displace Yourself Theatre create high quality new shows and events that tour the UK and internationally.
Eden examines the emotional realities of homelessness and social exclusion through two people’s struggle to survive in the year 2044, when Earth is a lifeless wasteland. The show began with a conversation between Co-Artistic Director Jen Nevin and a Big Issue seller outside The Leeds Playhouse.
Eden was supported by Arts Council England, Leeds Inspired, ARC Stockton, Theatre in the Mill and Slung Low.
Toured Nationally in 2014.
“Told with conviction, authority and consummate skill by Displace Yourself Theatre and it accurately relates their painstaking research” Review by Urban Sprawl
“We worked with the company to engage a local group working with homeless people, who visited ARC for the first time during the R&D period, and returned to see the final show. The sensitivity and integrity shown by the company was overwhelming, and the successful engagement of this hard to reach group is testament to this…Hearing members of the group share their experience of watching the show afterwards, recognising challenges in their own lives portrayed in the show was one of the most moving moments I have experienced at ARC.” Annabel Turpin, Chief Executive, ARC Stockton
FREE TO STAY
This production was inspired by research and collaboration, both abroad and in the UK, with stateless individuals, refugees & asylum seekers, as well as the organisations that support them.
A play about belonging and a life without nationality, it seeks to tell some of the stories of those who feel invisible and ask what community means if you live in a world where everything and everyone is foreign.
Free To Stay was supported by Arts Council England, ARC Stockton, The Civic Barnsley, Theatre in the Mill, Slung Low and The Carriageworks.
Toured Nationally in 2016 and 2017.
“Beautiful and full of energy” Audience member
“Thank you! Loved the use of black and white projection and the commitment to the characters” Audience member
“A very powerful visceral experience that challenged the watcher emotionally, physically and spiritually which was a refreshing change” – Juliet Forster – Associate Director, York Theatre Royal
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
Food For Thought is an exploration of community, food poverty and the impact of global food processes on health.
The production was originally commissioned by European BeSpectactive project was developed through residencies in York, Budapest and Sansepolcro in Italy in 2017.
It was redeveloped and toured the UK in spring 2019.
“Given the chance I would happily watch ‘Food for Thought’ every single day!” Audience member
“What an absolutely amazing piece of theatre…it was amazing to take part” Audience member
“A very powerful visceral experience” Audience member
This was a co-creation as part of ARC Stockton’s Refugee Week program – devised and performed by a group of 15 people with experience of seeking sanctuary in UK. It was an experiment in collaboration and explored this word ‘Petrichor’ which means the smell, or the anticipation of rain. With stories, music and imagery from across the globe, it proved to be a moving and powerful piece that significantly affected audiences.
VOICES OF HOPE
Created during the first Covid-19 lockdown, Voices of Hope is a sound piece co-created with sanctuary seekers and displaced people in the UK and internationally. It is an invitation to connect, a song to share with the world, a celebration of that which unites us and a reminder of what we need as we seek to process the trauma of this unprecedented time.
Voices of Hope was supported by Bradford Council, Arts Council England, ARC Stockton and City of Sanctuary UK.