‘Floodgates' is a metaphor for the experiences of anyone who has reached the UK after undergoing overwhelming experiences, and also a reference to British fears about waves of uncontrolled immigration. We will work with displaced individuals, especially women, based in North and East London.
It ran from 10:00 AM, 6 December 2010 to 10:00 AM, 4 January 2011
As a result of their experiences, refugees primarily suffer from 'Post Traumatic Stress Disorder', leaving them with depression, low self-esteem and shame; they sometimes face hostility and discouragement from members of settled communities. Women are especially vulnerable, having less exposure and confidence in society. In 2007 a third of all Londoners were born outside the UK; girls and women of all ethnic minority groups in London comprised 33% of all female residents.
The project will have some practical support from UpBeat, an arts organisation that provides services to individuals recovering from mental health issues, as well as refugee groups. The early sessions will take the form of a meal, offering participants the opportunity to share their stories. These then will act as a platform to develop professional performances, authored and directed by migrants and staged in a prominent London venue, eventually forming part of the arts calendar in the city.
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