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 2021, THE SURVIVAL GAME is an adaptation of the novel by Nicky Singer as an immersive aerial promenade performance. The performance will be site-specific, taking place in a number of different cities. Working with the author on this adaptation, we will take our audience on a journey around their city that will ask them to see it through new eyes, and to deeply experience what it means to become ‘other’ in your own home.
“Then came the migrant crisis– 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?” - Nicky Singer