‘You have chosen Britain but has it chosen you’? The Windrush Scandal is the latest event to remind us of questions that don’t go away for some us. How do you belong to a place that doesn’t see you?
Anni Domingo directs Tolu Agbelusi’s debut play Ilé La Wà (We Are Home), which returns from a sold-out preview at Richmix in 2016 for a 4-show run at Stratford Circus during Refugee Week from 21 – 23 June 2018.
Caught in the web of the government’s hostile environment as collateral damage, or target, four character’s lives are interrupted when they can’t produce ID in a spot check. What follows in the holding room where they wait for verification of their legal status’, are a series of interrogations of the self and each other, laying bare the realities and implications of always being ‘the other’ in a place you call home.
Speaking about her play, Tolu said, “When I wrote Ilé La Wà, I was concerned with how society decides who gets to belong. It feels very much about the Windrush Scandal, but that’s a new face for the consequences of our government leading the charge to say some of us don’t belong. Government-sanctioned go home vans, institutional racism with in the police, threatened deportation of children who’ve lived here most of their lives, and the mental toll of feeling you don’t belong any place, were just a few of my preoccupations. Ilé La Wà, which means ‘We Are Home’ in Yoruba, is based on real stories from interviews, workshops and media accounts. It’s a defiant affirmation that says ‘nobody gets to tell me where I belong’. We Are Home. Ilé La Wà.
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Anni Domingo (DIRECTOR) is a multiple-threat talent. She's worked extensively and internationally as an actress in Theatre, Television, Radio and Film & runs her own company ‘Shakespeare Link,’ running workshops on Shakespeare in schools, youth clubs and various theatres all over the UK. In addition to gracing stages across the country including Theatre Royal Drury Lane,Birmingham Rep & The Crucible to name a few, Anni has also worked for BBC radio and other stations as Actress, Broadcaster, and Interviewer. She has directed theatre internationally and is a respected Lecturer. Outside of the arts, she sits as a Magistrate. Anni brings the wealth of a well lived live to directing and story telling and we are excited to work with her.
Emmanuel Sugoi (Producer) Freelance producer - currently working for Oval House Theatre and as a Freelance Producer, he's managed multiple productions, including at the Cockpit Theatre, for Raw Materials, and East London Shakespare Company. A writer and a performer, his debut poetry-theatre piece will showcase at the Roundhouse on June 14th.