CAHR Student Films Inspired by Research

 

The following poetry films were made by MA students from the Centre for Applied Human Rights as part of the Culture and Protest module.

The films are based on verbatim poetry created from interview transcripts from the ‘Navigating Risk, Managing Security, and Receiving Support’ research project led by Dr. Alice Nah.

 

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Broken English

 

Broken English

Sometimes the English is broken

and I don’t fix it.

Like the bone that snapped

after a misplaced step sent her tumbling.

It left the elbow at an angle

it was not designed to hold.

The joint that healed

(while she lay in the camp for the displaced)

grew too much cartilage,

and is stronger now

in that broken place.

 

Sometimes the English is broken

and I leave it.

Like the cracked glass with shards

refracting more rainbow

than the pane could ever hold.

 

Sometimes the English is broken

and I sit with it.

Listen to its song.

She has taken the time to

hold another’s tongue

in her mouth. Felt it sit

like a slug at the back of her teeth,

but did not vomit.

Held it in place. Held her breath,

exhaled, and let the words out

for the others who could not come.

 

Sometimes the English is broken

and I look,

pin the impulse to fix frayed edges.

The visible stitches are his;

disappearing words hastily sewn

before they evaporate.

This skill, the last echo

of a previous life as tailor, mending men.

 

Sometimes the English is broken

and I watch it

plod across the page

with a forthright grace

part pidgin, part Shakespeare;

mis/spelling his name in 50 ways.

Creating words that live for generations

longer than the word he meant to write.

Forming worlds in those broken places

to fill the holes the careless do not see.

 

It may, at times, be necessary

to reword, reorder, to switch or tack

for the sake of clarity in communication.

But hold the urge to reconstruct.

Darning is for socks.

Repair for furniture, bones and cars.

Stitches for skin and fabric;

mending is for objects more solid than the soul

that travels in language.

Sometimes we must let the English be broken.

— By Juliana Mensah

A Restless Place – reviews and audience feedback

Reviews and audience feedback from the sell-out run of ‘A Restless Place’ directed by Katie Posner and produced by Pilot Theatre in collaboration with York Castle Museum as part of Boomerang: the global theatre intervention.

Audience Feedback:

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Reviews:

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Unknown Magazine review

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The Yorkshire Post review

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York Press review

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British Theatre Guide review

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Images courtesy of Pilot Theatre.

A Restless Place – Production Pictures (Part 1)

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Photographs from Pilot Theatre’s production of  ‘A Restless Place’. A collaboration with York Castle Museum, set in the Debtor’s Prison section of the museum. Written by Juliana Mensah, directed by Katie Posner.

Photographer: Ben Bentley

See:

Production Pictures: Part 2

Production Pictures: Part 3

A Restless Place – Production Pictures (Part 2)

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Photographs from Pilot Theatre’s production of  ‘A Restless Place’. A collaboration with York Castle Museum, set in the Debtor’s Prison section of the museum. Written by Juliana Mensah, directed by Katie Posner.

Photographer: Ben Bentley

See:

Production Pictures: Part 1

Production Pictures: Part 3

A Restless Place – Production Pictures (Part 3)

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Photographs from Pilot Theatre’s production of  ‘A Restless Place’. A collaboration with York Castle Museum, set in the Debtor’s Prison section of the museum. Written by Juliana Mensah, directed by Katie Posner.

Black and white images by Ben Bentley.

Full colour pictures courtesy of Pilot Theatre.

See:

Production Pictures: Part 1

Production Pictures: Part 2

A Restless Place – teaser trailer

 

A glimpse at some of the animation created by visual artist Hondartza Fraga for the 2015 Pilot Theatre production of ‘A Restless Place’.

A Restless Place

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Following on from the sellout productions of In Fog and Falling SnowClocking In and Blood + Chocolate, Pilot Theatre offer you another unique opportunity to experience one of York’s heritage sites in a completely new and unexpected way. Enter through the locked doors of the York Castle Museum into corridors and cells housing lost voices and found stories, tales of home and the search for belonging. Verbatim testimonies blend with folktale as you meet characters drawn from both myth and reality on their journeys into the unknown.
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The production is based on interviews with a range of people who have migrated to York, including Human Rights Defenders from the University of York‘s Protective Fellowship Scheme.
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Dates: Monday October 26th – 31st, performances at 6.30 and 8.00 pm (except Wednesday 28th)
Venue: York Castle Museum
Tickets: £10 / £7.50    To buy tickets click here

Women on the Front Line: Journeys to Justice

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