Berwickshire theatre company takes you on an audio journey
Berwickshire theatre company Two Destination Language will release a version of its much-travelled audio walk ‘A Journey of a Home’ as part of Forest Fringe’s June programme of events.
Like so many small theatre companies in the UK and internationally, plans for 2020 have taken a sharp turn in an unimagined direction.
As people find themselves thrust into a new normal with more time spent alone, this short recording aims to provide a calming 20 minutes of contemplation.
Almost ten years since it was first performed as an audio performance walk, ‘A Journey of a Home’ is a piece about home, migration and the nature of travel.
To align with Refugee Week UK (June 15-21) and in the spirit of celebrating migration and the incredible wealth of collaboration and exchange it brings, Two Destination Language invites you to listen to the piece on your daily walk.
With themes of identity, border crossing and migration at the heart of the work, the piece deals with the ‘long moment’ created through the act of travelling, in which hope meets reality, the place where we simultaneously look towards the future and back at what we have just left.
In gently questioning what home is, the piece reflects on all things that make our home – family, friends, environments and possessions – the physical things which support, reinforce and bound our identity.
‘A Journey of a Home’ is based on an autobiographical experience of a girl’s first travel to the UK and her settlement into the new culture.
It specifically follows her steps from Sofia airport, in Bulgaria, to taking the plane to London Heathrow and the experience of first encountering the new, the unfamiliar, the exciting and the intimidating at the arrivals gate before continuing on.
The main narrative of the girl’s journey to the UK is fragmented by a second voice who questions and reminisces on ideas of travel and its availability, home, language, time and what it might feel to be one of the many at the long queue before passport control.
The work is available online from today (Thursday, June 11) until June 21.
A video with captions and BSL is also available. Visit Two Destination Language – Journey Online
A webinar conversation will also take place on Monday, June 15, at 4pm, between Alister Lownie and Kat Radeva from Two Destination Language, and Ira Brand, artist, performance and co-director of the award-winning artist collective Forest Fringe.
They will talk about home, being away from home and the (im)possibilities of travel during this global pandemic.
See the link above for more details.