Workshop - Aliens Order
In the summer of 2017, we developed a project in Peterborough called ‘Aliens Order’ linked to themes from ‘The Merchant of Venice’. It was made possible following our successful application to the Arts Council for our first grant. The central idea was the experience of Italians who came to the UK after WW2 to look for work, many of whom had to register for an identification card call Aliens Order. Portia refers to the word in the trial scene saying “if it be proved against an alien”.
We held workshops at an Italian community centre, in primary schools, at the City Museum and with a language school involving people of all ages. A local writer produced six short pieces of pop up street theatre which were staged at the two-day Italian festival in the city centre.
We partnered with local organisations including Metal, who champion the need for investment in artistic innovation and provide practical support to practising artists.
Workshops linked to productions will be offered to schools, colleges and community groups. We will explore, amongst other things, universal themes such as race in ‘Othello’, race and religion in ‘The Merchant of Venice’, gender politics in ‘The Taming of the Shrew’ and family strife in ‘Romeo and Juliet, as they relate to life today.
For more information on our workshop programme for schools go to Education, for workshops in the community go to Reach Out.