11 episodes

Ten audio-stories, written and performed by female artists who have migrated to the UK from ten different countries. What are the “things” people associate with migrant womxn? We certainly know what we are NOT. Recognising the stereotypes often projected on migrant womxn, LegalAliens Theatre asked 10 artists to respond to the theme THINGS I AM NOT, picking a style that truly represents them.

Things I Am Not LegalAliens Theatre

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Ten audio-stories, written and performed by female artists who have migrated to the UK from ten different countries. What are the “things” people associate with migrant womxn? We certainly know what we are NOT. Recognising the stereotypes often projected on migrant womxn, LegalAliens Theatre asked 10 artists to respond to the theme THINGS I AM NOT, picking a style that truly represents them.

    Way To Becoming

    Way To Becoming

    “When a Black African migrant woman is in a relationship with a white man, the organ on her body that society gives its highest attention to is her vagina. On the one hand, everytime me and my 'white lover' make love, I am not me and he is not him. I am Africa allowing itself to be taken by settler Europe.”
    Rich, complex and fearless, “Way To Becoming” by Sabrina Richmond deals with the black woman’s body as a site of pleasure and contestation. Charting the journey - physical, professional and personal - of a life lived in many countries and their attendant assumptions, Sabrina’s perceptive and deeply human work is an embodied investigation of what we lose, what we bring with us and how important it is to keep asserting - and embracing - the many things we are, not just for ourselves, but for the societies in which we live. 

    Find out more about Sabrina here

    Written and performed by: Sabrina Richmond
    Producing Artistic Director: Lara Parmiani
    Concept: Emmanuela Lia
    Director: Becka McFadden
    Visual Art: Laura Rouzet
    Website design: Daiva Dominyka
    Social media: Catharina Conte
    Original Music: Angelina Rud & Martin Bakero

    • 20 min
    I'm Not Into Politics

    I'm Not Into Politics

    “I’m not into politics / naively I used to say / not realising that everything is political or - a better way to put it - politicised.”
    Intense and personal, “I’m Not Into Politics” by Mai Weisz navigates an uneasy terrain of geopolitics and interpersonal relations. Shot through with love and fear, the monologue contends with divisions and the quest to overcome them in a world increasingly invested in labels and categorisation. As individuals, can we swap seemingly intractable opposition for an alternative, more liminal space full of possibilities? Could London be a place that makes that possible? 


    Find out more about Mai here


    Has this story made you think, smile, cry or even smirk? Please send us your responses.  Over the coming weeks and months, our interactive website will gradually morph into a digital gallery featuring audience responses to thingsiamnot.com/responses. 
    You can also reach us via email info@legalaliens.org, on Instagram at @legalalienstheatre or on Twitter and Facebook at @LegalAliensITC 


    Written and performed by: Mai Weisz
    Producing Artistic Director: Lara Parmiani
    Concept: Emmanuela Lia
    Director: Becka McFadden
    Visual Art: Laura Rouzet
    Website design: Daiva Dominyka
    Social media: Catharina Conte
    Original Music: Angelina Rud & Martin Bakero

    • 14 min
    I'm Not Ok

    I'm Not Ok

    “I miss my mom. I can’t sleep. 
    I can feel my tears running down my cheeks.
    The English sentence I speak most frequently is ‘I’m sorry’. 
    But you know what? I’m not sorry.
    It’s not my fault.”
    As migrant women, how often do we feel forced to pretend that we are fine when we are actually hurting inside?
    Inyoung Lee’s moving and ironic piece is both a quiet explosion of anger and a love letter to a country that, like a duplicitous lover, has first enticed and then rejected its protagonist. Her clear, simple prose goes straight to the heart, also touching on the stereotypes and racist assumptions specifically directed at East Asian women.


    Find out more about Inyoung here
    Has this story made you think, smile, cry or even smirk? Please send us your responses.  Over the coming weeks and months, our interactive website will gradually morph into a digital gallery featuring audience responses to thingsiamnot.com/responses. 
    You can also reach us via email info@legalaliens.org, on Instagram at @legalalienstheatre or on Twitter and Facebook at @LegalAliensITC 


    Written and performed by: Inyoung Lee
    Producing Artistic Director: Lara Parmiani
    Concept: Emmanuela Lia
    Director: Becka McFadden
    Visual Art: Laura Rouzet
    Website design: Daiva Dominyka
    Social media: Catharina Conte
    Original Music: Angelina Rud & Martin Bakero
    Things I’m Not is funded by Arts Council England.

    • 12 min
    Strategy of Rupture

    Strategy of Rupture

    “This is the ultimate act of compassion and our bravest encounter. To be and bear witness to our being.” 
    Yasmeen’s monologue isn’t for the faint-hearted. Her raw, honest, and fierce prose evokes a painful and shocking journey - real and metaphorical - into the darkness and beyond. A young woman’s encounter with the violence of war, and a refugee’s encounter with daily stupidity, xenophobia and bigotry, in search of a place to breathe. 


    ***TRIGGER WARNING: Contains noise of explosions, bombing and sexual references.


    Written and performed by: Yasmeen Audisho Ghrawi. You can find out more about Yasmeen here. 


    Has this story made you think, smile, cry or even smirk? Please send us your responses.  Over the coming weeks and months, our interactive website will gradually morph into a digital gallery featuring audience responses to thingsiamnot.com/responses. 
    You can also reach us via email info@legalaliens.org, on Instagram at @legalalienstheatre or on Twitter and Facebook at @LegalAliensITC 

    Producing Artistic Director: Lara Parmiani
    Concept: Emmanuela Lia
    Director: Becka McFadden
    Visual Art: Laura Rouzet
    Website design: Daiva Dominyka
    Social media: Catharina Conte
    Original Music: Angelina Rud & Martin Bakero



    Things I’m Not is funded by Arts Council England.

    • 14 min
    Shapeshifting

    Shapeshifting

    “Somebody once told me people who migrate are like tortoises, struggling under the weight of that home they take with them everywhere they move to. I’m not sure it’s right. I think we leave bits of home along the way, we shed them like skin, scatter them and in the end, we just have a skeleton left. Bones. Random bits, mixed with new bits we have picked en route without noticing. And one of those bits we shed is words.”
    Language shapes us from the moment we’re born, offering us concepts and tools for articulating who we are and what kind of future we’ll have. What happens, though, when the bond between native language and speaker loosens enough to let another language in?  Passionate and frank, Lara Parmiani’s “Shapeshifting” explores the freedom and fragmentation of a life lived in a state of limbo, where one is never fully here nor there.

    Find out more about Lara here

    Has this story made you think, smile, cry or even smirk? Please send us your responses.  Over the coming weeks and months, our interactive website will gradually morph into a digital gallery featuring audience responses to thingsiamnot.com/responses. 
    You can also reach us via email info@legalaliens.org, on Instagram at @legalalienstheatre or on Twitter and Facebook at @LegalAliensITC 



    Written and performed by: Lara Parmiani
    Producing Artistic Director: Lara Parmiani
    Concept: Emmanuela Lia
    Director: Becka McFadden
    Visual Art: Laura Rouzet
    Website design: Daiva Dominyka
    Social media: Catharina Conte
    Original Music: Angelina Rud & Martin Bakero

    Things I Am Not is funded by Arts Council England.

    • 15 min
    Uncensored

    Uncensored

    “Apologising is an excellent survival strategy on this side of the ocean. You can do anything you want, say sorry, and you’ll be okay. Starting wars in distant nations, stealing Islands on the Argentinian coast, financing slave plantations in the Caribbean, just say sorry and guess what? Consequences? You don’t have to live with them.”
    A series of disastrous “romantic” encounters offer insights into the way migrant women’s bodies are exoticised, sexualised and even targeted as easy prey by random passersby. How do relationships and power dynamics between countries and cultures shape our responses to one another and find their way into the bedroom? In “Uncensored”, Gaël Le Cornec offers a darkly witty glimpse into the challenges of seeking intimacy while foreign. 


    ***WARNING: Contains swearing and scenes of sexual nature
    Find out more about Gaël here

    Has this story made you think, smile, cry or even smirk? Please send us your responses.  Over the coming weeks and months, our interactive website will gradually morph into a digital gallery featuring audience responses to thingsiamnot.com/responses. 
    You can also reach us via email info@legalaliens.org, on Instagram at @legalalienstheatre or on Twitter and Facebook at @LegalAliensITC 


    Written and performed by: Gaël Le Cornec
    Producing Artistic Director: Lara Parmiani
    Concept: Emmanuela Lia
    Director: Becka McFadden
    Visual Art: Laura Rouzet
    Website design: Daiva Dominyka
    Social media: Catharina Conte
    Original Music: Angelina Rud & Martin Bakero


    Things I’m Not is funded by Arts Council England.

    • 12 min

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