Trojan Women Scotland
Why we need your help
Trojan Women Scotland is raising funds to continue our drama workshops in a COVID-19 compliant manner and to create a new drama, devised, written and performed by Syrians living in Glasgow. At their own request our Syrian participants have decided they want to create a brand new dark comedy about being a refugee.
This new drama follows the great success of our four-star reviewed play The Trojans in 2019, which opened in Easterhouse in February 2019, and on its remount at the Edinburgh Fringe, August 2019. The Trojans, the culmination of over a year of community therapeutic drama workshops, featured in the online Special Edition of the Edinburgh International Culture Summit 2020 which you can see here, and here - due to Covid restrictions, the summit was held digitally.
As with The Trojans, the project has two aims: to build links between Syrians newly arrived in Scotland and local communities; and to allow Syrians who have found a haven in Scotland to work through their depression, isolation and trauma and to give them a platform to tell their stories to the world.
In the workshops, Trojan Women Project uses drama, games, movement, writing, discussion and art to explore the themes of exile, refuge, home and war. Participants share memories of Syria and experiences of living in Glasgow. It is a supportive environment in which to meet and share with others who have experienced similar predicaments, and Scots who wish to become involved and to learn more about Syria and the plight of its refugees.
Now, in response to the request of their Syrian cast, we will be putting on a brand new comedy about the experience of being a refugee. For all workshop participants who are willing to go on stage, this will be a dark comedy, but will entirely come from the experiences and creative writing of the cast, helped by theatre and comedy professionals.
Participants, new or old, are welcome to come along for the workshops, and the friendly atmosphere without progressing to being on stage. This is a community project and we hope participants will all make new friends! We also provide lunch, and a small attendance fee to cover travel costs. The workshops and productions are in Arabic and English.
Trojan Women Project has raised over £1,000,000 since 2013 for therapeutic community drama projects in theatre, music, audio and film that have had wide national and international reach. After the success of The Trojans and with the ongoing enthusiasm of the Syrian participants, we are delighted to create a new workshop course and production in Glasgow, which we hope will engage a whole new audience.
The Trojan Women Project is also raising funds to tour its successful production of its award-winning play The Trojans – an adaptation of Euripides’ Trojan Women, written and performed by Syrian refugees and directed by Victoria Beesley.
The play, a culmination of over a year of therapeutic drama workshops with Syrians living in Glasgow, was first performed at Glasgow’s Platform Theatre in February 2019, to four star reviews, packed houses, standing ovations and visibly moved audiences. The production was remounted at the 2019 Edinburgh Fringe with the Pleasance at the EICC in front of 700 festival goers and Ben Macpherson MSP to critical acclaim.
The Trojans transcends countries and time, with a cast who have known the horror of war bringing their own experiences of exile and loss into Euripides’ shocking 2,500 year old play; they also tell of the bitter-sweetness of building new lives in Scotland.
The aim is to build links between Syrians newly arrived in Scotland and local communities; to allow Syrians who have found a haven in Scotland to work through their depression, isolation and trauma. The 14 month project which has benefitted over 40 refugees and their families.
Due to COVID 19 and lockdown restrictions a planned tour of the play has been postponed, as was a remount of the production to coincide with the Edinburgh International Culture Summit. However we are raising funds to continue our workshops online, replicating as much of the community atmosphere as possible. We had already initiated a new project engendered by the Syrian participants themselves – a dark comedy about being a refugee. We are looking to be well down the line with therapeutic and creative activity by the time theatrical operations can resume, and we are exploring new ways to release new content online, to raise awareness of the plight of refugees, and encourage Scots and Syrians to build new relationships around Scotland.
The aim is to build links between Syrians newly arrived in Scotland and local communities; to allow Syrians who have found a haven in Scotland to work through their depression, isolation and trauma. The 14 month project which has benefitted over 40 refugees and their families is costing £210,000. They are £25k off that total.
In addition, Trojan Women Project is conducting workshops for Syrians living in Scotland to create a new comedy about what it means to be a refugee.
Community Drama Workshops at the Bridge Easterhouse!
In Arabic and English
Following on from their great success with The Trojans at Platform Theatre and the Edinburgh Fringe, Trojan Women Scotland CIC and Platform Easterhouse are starting a new drama workshop course for Syrians in Glasgow.
WHEN? Starting December, the first workshop will happen on Sunday 1st December 12:00pm to 3pm
WHERE? Platform at the Bridge, Easterhouse, 1000 Westerhouse Road, G34 9JW
In the workshops, Trojan Women Scotland will use drama, games, movement, writing, discussion and art to explore the themes of exile, refuge, home and war. Participants will share memories of Syria and experiences of living in Glasgow. It will be a supportive environment in which to meet and share with others who have experienced similar predicaments.
In 2018-2019 Trojan Women Scotland successfully mounted an adaptation of Euripides’ great anti-war tragedy The Trojan Women. Now, in response to the request of their Syrian cast, they will be putting on a brand new comedy about the experience of being a refugee. For all workshop participants who are willing to go on stage, this will be a dark comedy, but will entirely come from the experiences and creative writing of the cast, helped by theatre professionals.
Participants are welcome to come along for the workshops, and the friendly atmosphere without progressing to being on stage. This is a community project and they hope participants will all make new friends! They also provide lunch, and a small attendance fee to cover travel costs.
Trojan Women Project has previously mounted productions of this and other plays that have had wide national and international reach. They are delighted to create a new course and production in Glasgow.
Platform at The Bridge in Easterhouse will be hosting these drama workshops. They have a great track record of community based arts initiatives and projects, with state of the art equipment. See:
There will be crèche facilities for children in term time and the school holidays with activities including kids’ drama and music projects at The Bridge Easterhouse. All kids from toddlers to teenagers welcome!
PLEASE CONTACT CHARLOTTE OR WILLIAM IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO ATTEND.
Charlotte Eagar firstname.lastname@example.org 07769 603233
William Stirling email@example.com 07796 633706
The Syria Trojan Women Project (STWP) has been running therapeutic drama and advocacy projects for Syrian refugees since 2013, first in Jordan, and more recently in the UK and Germany.
The point of this project is combined psycho-social support and awareness-raising of the Syrian refugee crisis. Refugees tend to be lonely, isolated, and are often depressed. They have often also undergone hideously traumatic experiences. By bringing these people together and allowing them work through their experiences in drama, we hope that the experience will help Syrians making new lives in Scotland. The performance itself will give our Syrian cast a platform to tell their stories to the world.
At its core, Charlotte Eagar, the project’s Founder, says STWP’s work is “about helping refugees work through depression, trauma and loneliness, and also giving them a voice. You have to give them the chance to have an identity: when you lose your home you lose so much, not just a place to live, but family, friends, your peace of mind and your dignity. We help them create a new family for themselves and give them a place to stand.”
Previously we produced the internationally acclaimed Syria: The Trojan Women, in Jordan (2013), which later toured the UK with our original Syrian cast, as Queens of Syria (2016), with the Young Vic and Developing Artists.
Please give generously to support this project.
The link below is for a trailer of Queens of Syria, the multi-award-winning documentary we shot of our first Syria: The Trojan Women production in Jordan.
QUEENS OF SYRIA 3 minute Trailer: https://vimeo.com/86996865
To learn more about our work, visit our website www.trojanwomenproject.org
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