In June 2016 we had a short production performed by the BlackBox Theatre Company. The production was titled Mud Men and is a play that weaves together stories based on the real accounts of Syrian refugee children. It is performed by three actors who are puppeteers, and is inspired by a storytelling game played in a Lebanon Refugee Camp, where children fashion and animate their own clay dolls.
We also featured a short film, based on the story of a Refugee Therapy Centre Client, called Blue Moment. This film was created and produced by Risky Things Theatre and Film Company in collaboration with the Refugee Therapy Centre, and was funded by Big Lottery. It tells the optimistic story of a young woman seeking asylum in the UK today, recovering from trauma through therapy and support, despite the challenges she faces. The film is introduced by Creator and Producer Cathy Denford.
We also welcomed the Leader of the Islington Council, Richard Watts, who said a few words.
The 2017 Open Day was planned for the 24th. Sadly, due to lack of funding and therefore lack of staff and resources, for the first time we were not able to hold this annual event.
We did however, have an event this year to dessiminate the data we have gathered after three years' research on resilience.