13 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.

    Bonus Episode 2: Theatre and Politics

    Bonus Episode 2: Theatre and Politics

    We Zoom in for a chat with Nastazja Domaradzka, director, theatremaker and force of nature. We ask Nastazja how her migrant experience and the theatre she grew up watching in Poland have shaped her practice today and delve into British theatre’s seeming pursuit of apoliticality. 
    Unpicking this political allergy, we ask Nastazja to help us imagine a better and more engaged future for the work we all love. And - of course - we ask Nastazja to share some things she’s not. Follow Nastazja on Twitter @NastazjaDom
    Guest: Nastazja Domaradzka in conversation with LegalAliens’ Lara Parmiani and Becka McFadden.
    #bonusepisode #migration #womenintheatre #politicaltheatre #easterneurope 
    Producing Artistic Director: Lara Parmiani
    Concept: Emmanuela Lia
    Director: Becka McFadden & Lara Parmiani
    Website design: Daiva Dominyka
    Social media: Catharina Conte
    Original Music: Angelina Rud & Martin Bakero
    Has this conversation resonated with you? Please send us your responses via www.thingsiamnot.com/responses Over the coming weeks and months, our interactive website will gradually morph into a digital gallery featuring audience responses. 
    You can also reach us via email info@legalaliens.org, on Instagram at @legalalienstheatre or on Twitter and Facebook at @LegalAliensITC 

    • 38 min
    Bonus Episode 1: The Creative Team Checks In

    Bonus Episode 1: The Creative Team Checks In

    10 weeks, 10 voices, 10 stories. Now that all 10 episodes of Things I Am Not have been released, the creative team behind the podcast gets together to talk about what’s surprised us, what’s stayed with us and where we might be going next. This episode is the first in our series of bonus discussion episodes inspired by themes emerging from Episodes 1-10 of Things I Am Not. 


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


    Has this conversation resonated with you? Please send us your responses via www.thingsiamnot.com/responses Over the coming weeks and months, our interactive website will gradually morph into a digital gallery featuring audience responses. 


    You can also reach us via email info@legalaliens.org, on Instagram at @legalalienstheatre or on Twitter and Facebook at @LegalAliensITC 

    • 46 min
    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

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