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The Wall Tobacco Factory Theatres Bristol

Can we remove the barriers that normally separate us? Asks The Wall, a clever real-time and unscripted conversation between people unable to travel due to borders, barriers or laws stopping them.

In each performance, two performers from different continents meet live for the first time on screen. Two other performers are on stage in Bristol in front of a live audience interpreting their encounter.

This unique set up means each night will be an entirely different show. A different encounter never played out before.

The format aims to break down what divides us. Whilst being separated by thousands of miles there is space for intimacy and solidarity.

The international work has been created by Spanish theatre-maker Juan Ayala in a co-production between Tobacco Factory Theatres and Fundación Teatro de La Abadia Madrid.

“This is a very ambitious project working with a creative and production team situated across the globe,” Ayala explains.

“We have 7 collaborators working remotely from Palestine, Iraq, Morocco, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Lebanon and Poland. The Madrid cast includes performers based in Guinea Ecuatorial and Lebanon and our cast for Bristol are from Iraq, France, Moldova and the UK.”

“The Wall is a conversation.” Ayala says. “it’s an attempt to create a collective understanding of how to co-exist in the same space, and the same territories. We’re navigating the fact that we haven’t been in the same room together and we’ve discovered that being vulnerable doesn’t always mean being fragile.”

Tobacco Factory Theatres spokesperson, David Dewhurst says: “This is an incredibly timely and topical production as we explore the many and conflicting reasons why borders and barriers are keeping people apart. We’re particularly excited to be collaborating with international partners Teatro Abadia in Madrid and artists across the globe on this project. We are also very grateful to the British Council for their kind support in helping to make this production happen.”

The Wall runs at Tobacco Factory Theatres in Bristol from Wednesday 22nd to Friday 24 of February 2023

The performance is recommended for audiences aged 14 years upwards

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On Stage Cast
Axenia Raulet
Lena Lapres
Yasmeen Audisho Ghrawi
Lindsey Garwood

On Screen Cast
22 February: Igor Shugaleev (Belarus) & Hamza Boulaiz (Morocco)
23 February: Mohakalled (Iraq) & Magda Henríquez (El Salvador)
24 February: Nabil Al-Raee (Palestine) & Lucero Millán (Nicaragua)

Director: Juan Ayala
Direction in Madrid & Dramaturgy: Egly Larreynaga
Producer & Dramaturgy: Miguel Oyarzun
Audio Visual Design & Tech Development: Andreas Levisanos & Christos Atzinas
Assistant Director: Holly Meechan
Sound & Visuals: Nikki Crowle
Lighting Design: Álvaro Guisado Garavito
Producer: Morag Massey

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