Peace Procession 3: Standing Together

What will people risk to protect others in times of war and conflict?

Dina and Gahiji are newly engaged, sharing the happy news with friends and neighbours. But quickly, everyone’s world changes; something is happening. People are being segregated, having to hide, run away, and escape from persecution. Dina and Gahiji are forced to separate and Mama works with a movement of people who bravely struggle to protect children, including those who aren’t their own, putting their own lives in danger. So, can we bring you a happy ending?

Peace Procession3: Standing Together is an uplifting and powerful music-based performance by an international cast of actors and musicians.

It wasn’t a made-up story. It was based on true stories – testimonies from children who survived the Holocaust and stories shared by people living in the UK today who have survived conflict and violence. And it wasn’t about the past – it was about things that are happening right now.

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The performance was followed by a Q&A with the cast and musicians.

Cast
David Stickman Higgins
Mariae Smiarowska
Greta Heath
Kema Kay
Steven Richens

Band
Adrian Cristian Balmandir
Peter Saaremets

Peace Procession 3 Feedback:

Helped me remember what I have and what I can share.Audience Member

"I thought that the performance made me think more deeply about the problems faced by refugees and in a much more immediate way than watching the news because the actors were directly in front of me. I also felt that the use of mime was excellent, as was the supporting music" Audience Member
 
"Beautiful to look at, very moving, thank you." Audience Member

"Your performances gave positive messages about how all people can help each other and come together – and the difference this can make." Audience Member

"I was very touched by your presentation which you should take it to schools perhaps. I wish there will be more groups trying to warn us about the dangers of intolerance. I truly believe that there is room for every one of us irrelevant of our colour, race or religion. In fact, what makes us unique is our colour or race or religion and we should embraced. Who knows, maybe one day, but for now 'are we safe'? I would love for us to get together and chat about what made you do the kind of work you do, about me, my life and a communist and perhaps my escape from it and how it impacted those who were left behind. In the meanwhile give my best to your colleagues/cast." Audience Member
 

Commissioned by Newcastle City Council Arts Development Team and supported by Arts Council England.

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