Theatre: The Border, Theatre Peckham

A play developed by young people in Croydon which attempts to question the meaning of country borders will run for three days in October.

The Border questions the meaning of borders and the lines we draw between ourselves and other people, and will run from October 1-3 at Theatre Peckham.

Featuring a live break-out debate, the play creates space for audiences to think and talk together in a time of fake news and information overload.

Life is turned upside down in one small town as East Oolia shuts the border with West Oolia, dividing here from there, us from them, this from that despite all the fruit tasting the same.

In the middle of it all Julia’s beloved dog, Stranger, has gone missing.

After a spate of dog thefts, she must find Stranger before the Dog Smugglers get their hands on her beloved Cockerpoo.

This high-energy production features an original score by composer Ted Barnes and playful set and costume design by Alice Hallifax as well as lighting design by Neill Brinkworth.

Writer Afsaneh Gray said: “Writing The Border has been a huge amount of fun – it’s very contemporary in its political themes, but it’s also a heightened, absurd world where people throw cereal at each other or talk exclusively in soundbites, and where dogs are all-knowing beasts.

“In a way, those absurd touches feel pretty close to the real world right now.

The world feels so extreme – and so confusing – that I wanted the story to be incredibly simple.

“I feel like a lot of us are in that situation – we just want to live our lives, but politics has become impossible to ignore.

“I think if you’re young, politics is super relevant right now – you can see the effects of political decisions on your future prospects in a way that just wasn’t the case even 10 years ago.

It’s important for young people to engage with politics, but it’s also important to figure out how you do that – how you listen to each other respectfully, how you inform yourself in a world full of disinformation. I wanted to start people on that journey.”

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