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EN-SCRIPTED

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En-Scripted

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Because of huge demand, Trojan Women Project is raising funds to run a new programme of weekly on-line Covid-support psycho-social drama therapy zoom workshops for Syrian refugees, to create a new digital black comedy drama and sketch show.

Through the workshops, the scripts are being devised, written and will be performed by a cast of Syrians and their families, living in Scotland, England, Europe ?and the Middle East.

The zoom workshops are re-uniting family members from Glasgow to Jordan, many of whom have not seen each other face to face for over seven years, and providing vital financial support in these difficult times.

ENSCRIPTED

Our new project ‘En-Scripted’ is a comedy exploring the challenges of being a Syrian refugee during COVID - and beyond. Inspired by the recent BBC comedy ?Staged, ?starring Michael Sheen and David Tennant,? ?and at the instigation of our participants, we are developing a digital play and sketch show: written, performed, filmed and created remotely by a group of Syrian refugees?En-Scripted’ will offer an honest and darkly humorous approach to the challenges of being a refugee, whilst working to raise awareness around the ongoing and still desperate Syrian refugee crisis, since the uprising began in 2011. It is now almost ten years since many of our participants fled their homes.

THE WORKSHOPS

The project is based around weekly Zoom workshops in which our participants recount and share stories and experiences of dark comedic value. Since converting to an online format in October 2020, our workshop capacity has grown to include over 50 Syrian refugees, of all ages, based in the UK, Europe and the Middle East.

In response to the popularity of these workshops, we are now creating a new series of workshops to cope with increased demand.

We hope to be able to create a special children’s breakout workshop.

As well as providing the stimulus for our digital play, these workshops provide necessary psycho-social and therapeutic support to our participants. The opportunity we are creating to connect weekly with the diaspora is invaluable to many of our participants, offering a chance to escape feelings of isolation stemming from COVID-19 restrictions. In some cases, the workshops are reuniting family members who have not seen each other for six or seven years.

We are also, through the digital workshops, able to work again with people who participated in our earlier projects, in Jordan and Germany. It is wonderful to be able to see so many old friends. Each participant is paid a ?per diem ?for appearing at the workshops - for data costs, and for their stories - which helps provide vital support during Covid, when, particularly in the Middle East, many refugees are finding it difficult to find the means to pay their rent and buy food as their jobs have largely disappeared and there is very little other outside financial support.

THE PLAY

The final play will consist of 6 x ten minute episodes of sit-com, with sketches. It will be co-written by this group of Syrian refugees. They will compile the stories and experiences into a dark comedy referencing major themes of leaving home, integrating into a new culture, the impacts of the pandemic, and families dispersed all over the globe. We will also touch on the well-known, frustrating, and at times comedic, obstacles posed by Zoom communication.

WHERE YOU WILL BE ABLE SEE ENSCRIPTED DIGITAL PILOT EPISODE

At the end of this project we will have a ten minute pilot episode ?which will be available digitally on-line with Arabic and English subtitles. We will be approaching broadcasters to film all six episodes.

THEATRE

Moving forward - and COVID restrictions allowing - we will perform an adapted version at the Platform Theatre in Glasgow, the Pleasance Theatre in London, and at the Edinburgh Fringe 2021/22.

SUPPORT

We would be very grateful if you could please donate to support our work.

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