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In London’s (Off) West End 2020: Young Vic Announces Two New Shows For 2020 Season – (Preview)


LONDON – Under the Taking Part programme, London’s Young Vic produces the highest quality participatory work with over 15,000 local people every year, allowing for a diverse range of people to perform in shows that respond to the work on the Young Vic stages. Much like how in previous productions Taking Part has worked alongside prisoners, refugees, homeless people, inpatients and participants with learning difficulties or physical disabilities, 2020 will see the programme take on brand new works and collaborators with the coming season.

Come March, Taking Part will present Me For The World, a response to the Young Vic’s 2019 production of Blood Wedding. Written by Molly Taylor and directed by Ali Pidsley, Me for the World is a new production made with, and performed by, young people from Roma and Irish Traveller communities across London, and celebrates the identity, the culture and traditions of these communities.

Meanwhile in June, Freedom Project brings together the UK’s first two Theatres of Sanctuary, Leeds Playhouse and the Young Vic, in one deep-rooted collaboration between the venues and their local communities. Teaming up to work with writer Luke Barnes and refugees and asylum seekers in both cities to explore what freedom means to them, exploring the effects of war, the family we leave behind and find, and most of all – what is home.

Written with young refugees and asylum seekers, with original concept by Alexander Ferris and Rob Lehmann, and co-directed by Alexander Ferris (Leeds) and Rachael Nanyonjo (London), Freedom Project invites audiences to listen to these tales of human resilience, and hear out this poignant story finding out what it means to be free in this country.

Me For The World runs from 6th to 7th March 2020, while The Freedom Project runs from 26th June to 27th June 2020, both at The Young Vic, London.

The Freedom Project also runs from 12th June to 13th June 2020 at Leeds Playhouse. Tickets available here

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