Performances /
The Survival Game

    Mhairi Anne Bain owns only two things: a gun with no bullets and her identity papers. The world is a shell of what it once was. And if you are going to survive, your instincts will become your most valuable weapon. Mhairi has learnt the importance of living her own story, of speaking to no one. But then she meets a young boy with no voice at all, and finds herself risking everything to take him to safety. 
    Planned for 2020, The Survival Game is an adaptation of the YA novel by Nicky Singer as an immersive aerial promenade performance. The performance will be site-specific, taking place in a number of different locations around Brighton where the novel is set. Working with the author on this adaptation, we will take our audience on a journey around their city that will cause them to see it through new eyes, and to deeply experience what it means to become ‘other’ in your own home.

    The sensation of being surrounded by walls, the trauma of losing family, the dangers of the open sea and an escape from a juvenile internment camp will all be brought to life in this new large-scale outdoor performance.
    Then came the migrant crisis, and Brexit – and the hardening of attitudes and borders.  Why are we so lacking empathy? I began to think because for us in Europe particularly, the migrant is almost always ‘other’ – we are not the displaced, the ones forced to travel. So here was my challenge: could I finally bring this story home?” - author Nicky Singer