Trojan Women Scotland
Why we need your help
The Trojan Women Project is 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 a visibly moved audience and is now touring the UK.
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 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.
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
raised towards £210,000.00 target
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Total raised so far
Total plus Gift Aid £192,750.00
Raised offline £172,230.00