Children Of The Sea (Perth Festival) [Perth]
Thursday February 18, 2021 - 7:00 PM
Subiaco Arts Centre
180 Hamersley Rd
Perth, Western Australia 6008
Jacqui White & Brooke Buise
Language/ Cultural Consultant:
About the Show
A Perth Festival Commission
Follow four unaccompanied children as they embark on a perilous journey. Drifting on Indo-Australian waters towards an uncertain future they confront memories of the lives they have left behind.
The culmination of a two-year research project,?Children of the Sea?is Jay Emmanuel’s emotional and epic theatrical piece that shares the journey of young maritime survivors who came to Australia by boat. Inspired by true stories, it brings together a stellar team of five extraordinary young performers onstage with a vocal ensemble led by Green Room?Award-winning?singer-songwriter, composer, performer and choir-leader, Kavisha Mazzella.
The UN Refugee Agency reports 70.8 million people were forcibly displaced by conflict or persecution at the end of 2018. 52% of those were children. A counter-response to one of the most pressing issues humanity is facing right now, the piece asks: How do children deal with fate and tragedy? What do children do to survive in the face of adversity? What gives them hope? How does loss and displacement morph childhood?
A tribute to hope and a sobering reminder of the stories that float on the horizon, Children of the Sea explores the paradoxes and confusions of a world dealing with an unprecedented flux of uprooted lives. Chilling, yet playful and funny, this sensitive and politically-charged show puts children front and centre – their voice, their story – ultimately creating an uplifting theatrical experience.
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