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Music Action International and Box Tale Soup presents
Gone: a remarkable tale of resilience, survival and hope
Sunday 24 September
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In a nutshell
A unique collaboration between puppet theatre company Box Tale Soup, Music Action International and refugee music collective Stone Flowers.
In a land far from here, the inhabitants of the great city of Home live a happy life, surrounded by fertile forests and bright rivers. But one day, the sky darkens, and a cruel Storm shrouds the city. With a furious temper and a ravenous greed, the Storm destroys all they hold dear and takes all they have. Forced to leave Home, join us as we follow one family on their incredible journey across many bizarre and bewildering lands, risking their lives in search of safety.
A remarkable tale of resilience in a fantastical world, told with beautiful handmade puppetry, physical theatre and poetry, Gone is inspired by the writing, experiences and true stories of refugee collective Stone Flowers, interwoven with their vivid, atmospheric score. This is a fictional fantasy about the realities of hope and survival.
Join award-winners Music Action International and Box Tale Soup for a truly unique experience that will make you question what you thought you knew about refugees, and show the true resilience of the human spirit.
What to Expect
This one-hour show is performed with handmade puppets by Box Tale Soup interwoven with a live score, composed and performed by Stone Flowers.
The show will be followed by a short Q+A session with members of Music Action International, Stone Flowers and Box Tale Soup.
Music Action International are people from across the world using the power of creativity to overcome the effects and causes of war, torture and armed conflict. Their unique and specialist music programmes support refugees and asylum seekers to overcome trauma and connect with their new communities through a shared creative experience.
Stone Flowers is a collective of refugee and asylum seeker torture survivors who help each other reduce trauma and isolation through creative music sessions. They have recorded two albums and performed live across the UK since 2011, including supporting Paloma Faith and Kate Tempest. Stone Flowers is a Music Action International initiative.
Box Tale Soup are an award-winning puppet theatre company. Using a unique blend of puppetry, physical theatre and traditional performance, Box Tale Soup transport their audience into a theatrical world like no other. Gone is the Company’s first piece of new writing.
What people are saying
'It was absolutely brilliant, original, moving, disturbing in parts but ultimately uplifting. I was particularly impressed with the music, as well as the synergy between the music and sounds with the visual narrative created by the puppets.' - Audience member, Gone premiere
'Excellent, emotional and thought-provoking.' - Audience member, Gone premiere
'Great - wonderful heartfelt humane story and lovely music.' - Audience member, Gone premiere
Why does Rich Mix matter?
'Music Action International are delighted to work in partnership with Rich Mix. Working with refugees and asylum seekers, MAI use music to spread an important message in communities to create positive social change. Rich Mix’s cultural programming engages diverse audiences and explores issues and experiences that have synergy with MAI’s work.'
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Things you should know
The themes of the show include persecution, war, and torture and is suitable for ages 12+.
This event is wheelchair accessible.