Hammersmith Theatre – follow the twists and turns of refugees’ stories

A maze with a story to tell about the lives of refugees will be popping up in Lyric Square next weekend.

The work, called Routes, has been created by Kintsugi Theatre, a London-based drama group.

The project has been funded by Hammersmith & Fulham Council and is part of our strategy to boost the arts and culture scene in the borough. It includes securing an £8.6 million funding boost for H&F arts groups over the next four years.

Routes features two actors, one English, one Iranian who hope to catch the eye of passers-by with a short performance before leading people inside the installation.

Once inside people will make their own way through the corridors made of wood and mesh, coming across different works of art and refugee’s stories dotted around before a final performance outside.

“There’s often a lack of understanding of refugees, about why they had to leave their country,” said the project’s producer Hannah Tookey. “Theatre is often a more empathetic way of dealing with these issues.

“By holding the production in Lyric Square, we want to attract the attention of people who are not regular theatre-goers. We want people to just stumble across it and then spend about 20 to 30 minutes walking through the installation.”

Refugees helped to create the story and design and build the set.

Routes will be at Lyric Square between 12.30pm to sunset on Saturday 29 July with performances every hour from 1pm to 5pm.

The public will be able to wander through the maze from 8am to 4pm on Sunday 30 July. Performances will take place every hour from 11am to 3pm.

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