Norfolk and Norwich Festival with Berlin’s TheatreFragile

Street Intervention with TheatreFragile for Norfolk & Norwich Festival in 2017

In summer, Berlin’s TheatreFragile group came and performed ‘We Meet in Paradise’ at The Forum at the Norfolk and Norwich Festival, 2017.

In the run up to the two evenings of performances, TheatreFragile ran acting workshops for the local participants, specifically focused on performing in masks. The voices in the audio wereΒ of real refugees who had been forced to flee their own countries because it had become too dangerous for them and their families to stay. As performers we acted out the experiences but their voices and stories were their own. We provided the stage for their stories.

It followed the refugees’ harrowing escape, across the sea at the hands of unscrupulous people traffickers, who took advantage of the travellers’ adversity, to the confusing, stressful and worrying time landing on the shores of a new land where they did not speak the language.

‘We meet in Paradise’ was a beautifully choreographed and moving piece of theatre, which engaged the audience and pulled them, literally, onto the stage to participate at the end of the performance and to end on a heartwarming, inclusive and welcoming celebration of mixed cultures.

Photos courtesy of TheatreFragile
Video clip courtesy of Richard’s Reality

Norwich Halloween Spooky Parade, 2016

Image of Marie Cooper Actor at Norwich Spooky Parade taken by Wireloose Pix on Norwich's Halloween Spooky Parade in 2016

Something a little different from 2016.Β Β The Common LotΒ Β were asked to be ushers forΒ  Norwich’s Halloween Spooky Parade. It sounded fun so I went along to the initial ideas meet up, but I didn’t have the faintest idea of what I wanted to dress up as or perform on the night. In a serendipitous turn of events, Max had decided he wanted to play a creepy Pied Piper, but he didn’t have any rats so Harriet and I scurried to the rescue.

Masks, tails and a bag of stale bread later, speckled with food dye to make it look mouldy, and we were let loose on Norwich. It was great fun, running between the participants, guiding the way along the parade and trying to share our bready feast.Β  Things didn’t always go to plan as I ended up being chased around the crowd by some of the braver children. Whilst others just peeked out from behind the legs of their parents, only daring to come out when daddy said it was ok.

Norwich Halloween Spooky Parade in 2016 Image taken by Wireloose Pix
Photograph by WireloosePix (2016)

Apparently I make a very good rat. Lots of people stopped me to take photos that evening. This image above is just one of many photographs, taken at Spooky Parade by Wireless Pix.Β