Our autumn show, Flotsam, launched at the Turner Contemporary in Margate in November, as part of the 2019 Margate Bookie Festival. Poets - Robin Pilcher, Steve Tasane (Estonia), Mark ‘Mr T’ Thompson (British Caribbean heritage) & Isabel White; singers and musicians Patricia Hammond (mezzo and autoharp - Canada), Davide Stramaglia (piano - Italy), Sabina Virtosu (violin - Romania), Rosemary Yung (pipa - Hong Kong); Depi Gorgogianni (choreography - Greece) entertained our audience, while sculptor/photographer Will Collett curated and displayed new work in the Margate School and Pharmacy Gallery. Also in the Margate School, we hosted young migrants from Kent Refugee Action Network (KRAN) who had created poems and stories telling of their journeys from their homeland to the UK, both in English and their native languages. We hope to post some of their work here soon.
'Flotsam' was the culmination of an autumn season of workshops with young migrants at KRAN, and artists with a variety of disabilities in association with Kent Adult Services. Here's what the audience thought of it...
Very moving and inspirational. Totally enjoyed the immersive performance experience.
Innovative, creative, humorous. Answers the question – who am I? creatively. Poses questions about multiculturalism. Touching. Lots of talent.
Enchanting and thought provoking.
It was really great and eye opening for a foreigner like me to British art performance. The performers were brilliant as well.
Brilliant and emotional.
Heart-breaking as it should be given the subject. Beautiful music, dancing, and words. Poignant.
A poignant, beautiful, timely and thought-provoking performance.
A powerful reminder of the talent in jeopardy as part of the refugee crisis. Very moving.
And finally, a very short clip of the performance can be found here.