THE SEASON OF MIGRATIONS
From 2017 to 2020, Border Crossings is focussing on the issue of migration in an ambitious and innovative programme of work that embraces new theatre, a photography exhibition, and two pan-European projects around learning, research and policy.
Our most recent production as part of The Season of Migrations was THE GREAT EXPERIMENT which toured across London in February 2020. Directed by Michael Walling and created with a company of actors from Mauritius and the UK, THE GREAT EXPERIMENT explored the hidden history of the 2 million Indian migrant labourers indentured to work across the globe at the end of the 19th and early 20th centuries and unveiled the roots of our Mauritian, Asian-Caribbean, Malaysian & Asian-African communities. The play had been developed over a two year period, with researchers from the Universities of Edinburgh and Leeds. It was performed at venues and museums including the Cutty Sark, Tara Theatre and the Museum of London, alongside a programme of events and experiences that allowed audience members to explore the history further - these included post-show panel discussions with cast members, researchers and historians, an interactive exhibition that formed part of the set and a Collection Day that invited audiences to share and discuss items from their own family history. Find out more.
Since September 2017, we have been collaborating with European partners to develop a cross-sectoral approach to work with refugees and migrants, in our project THE PROMISED LAND; as well as developing curricula for communities from minority language groups in MORE THAN WORDS. Our award-winning community project POCAHONTAS AND AFTER created a photography exhibition with diverse Londoners, responding to past portrayals of First Nations people in photography and art. The exhibition is available to tour!