Silence addresses the most significant social and cultural crisis Europe has faced in this short century and the worst since the aftermath of WW2, at the point when the UK is facing critical decisions about its role in and commitment to the European project. 

MSL will present a performance of this new outdoor show by one of the world’s leading outdoor companies, the Polish company, Teatr Biuro Podruzy, at the Gulbenkian Theatre, Canterbury. It will be followed by a four-day, intensive, professional workshop programme at 101 Outdoor Arts in Newbury, in partnership with 101 and Rose Bruford College.

Famed for its legendary street theatre production, Carmen Funebre, which explored the impact of war on civilians, Teatr Biuro Podrozy, using physical theatre, fire, unusual staging, puppetry and music, will pick up the continuing story of refugees and migrants caught up in a spiral of war, fences and the dream of escape.

We are also exploring the possibility of a ‘discourse’ between members of the company and members of local Polish or refugee/migrant communities in Kent.

Silence has been commissioned by GDIF, Hull 2017 and Freedom Festival, Hull.