Presenting: 16 performances of ‘A View from Here’

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A View from Here

Scottish Refugee Council is ready and exited to present the arts and heritage project ‘A View from Here’ to the public.  

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On four days in November, two otherwise deserted high rise flats in the Gorbals and Knightswood will once again be filled with people, memories and stories, as ‘A View from Here’ is performed.

This exciting new Scottish Refugee Council project will unveil the real stories of Glasgow’s high rise housing from the perspectives of the asylum seekers, refugees, and local Scots that lived there.

Organised by the combined talents of theatre director Carrie Newman, visual artist Jan Nimmo and film-maker Basharat Khan, ‘A View from Here’ will tell a powerful story of the lives of the residents of the Gorbals and Knightswood: their relationships, their struggles, their hopes, their dreams, and the heritage of the areas.

These discoveries and experiences have been captured through a series of workshops and brought through life once more through an exhibition of photography, objects, a film and the 16 performances.  

The high rises of Gorbals and Kingswood are iconic heritages of Glasgow that are scheduled to be demolished in the near future, which will only add to the historical feeling of the shows. 

A unique opportunity

Suzi Simpson, Arts and Cultural Development Officer for Scottish Refugee Council, said:

‘This project has given a chance for the voices of refugees and asylum seekers to be heard in relation to the ever changing environment of Glasgow and for them to share their experiences with the local Scots living in and around the high flats.’

With valuable support from the Heritage Lottery Fund Scotland , Glasgow Housing Association and New Gorbals Housing Association, ‘A View from Here’ has already been a wonderful experience for everyone involved:

‘The participants have been on a fantastic journey of discovery, working with theatre practitioners, film makers and visual artists and discovered so much about their communities and about Glasgow, about themselves and each other.’

Building on the success of ‘Here We Stay’

This is the second such production that the Scottish Refugee Council has been involved in; building on our 2012 project with Citizen Theatre, ‘Here We Stay’.

The show celebrated the lives of asylum seekers, refugees, and Scots residents of Glasgow through art forms such as Zulu clicking, rap, Kurdish love songs and live music from the Scottish harp and Iranian tar.

‘Here We Stay’ received positive reviews from The Scotsman and The Daily Record, and it is our aim for ‘A View from Here’ to be just as successful.

Open for bookings

There will be performances in the Gorbals on November 22 and 23 at Midday, 2pm, 3.15pm and 4pm, and in Knightswood on November 29 and 30 November at the same times.

Although booking is free, spaces are limited, so book early by either emailing your preferred time and place to arts@scottishrefugeecouncil.org.uk or by calling 07731524810.

Please remember to wrap yourselves up and bring decent footwear, as performances will take place in the unheated buildings.

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