My City will work with a small group of Syrian families currently attending MCFB through workshops led by Victoria Beesley with Yvonne Buskie and Arran Howie. We will use theatre, puppetry and visual art to explore – and create artistic responses to - the relationships the families have with two important cities: a city, or one of the cities, they know from life in Syria and their new city of Edinburgh. Over a series of workshops, families will be encouraged to share Syrian culture (children’s stories, nursery rhymes, pop culture, food) and stories about the cities and towns they come from. They will also explore their new city of Edinburgh (its folk lore, its traditions, its architecture, landscape and culture).
The My City group (families, creative team and partners) will attend Edinburgh International Children’s Festival together to an international performance, meet some of the performing artists and talk about the work. The project will culminate in a public exhibition at Scottish Storytelling Centre in July.
The ideas the families share about Syria will be incorporated into a new, professional theatre production by Victoria Beesley based on the story of the 'cat man of Aleppo.' You can read about her very early exploration into this piece here.