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From The Sky To Your Hands




Wednesday 9th November at Live Theatre, 7pm.

Ticket price - £6

Based on a real life story of young mum Joana and her son settling in Newcastle from Angola as refugees

Told in her own words (verbatim theatre)

One story of one refugee family amongst many other stories to help understanding of individuals beyond the headlines

Features Joana and her son as themselves, and contrasts their experiences as 1st and 2nd generation immigrants

Includes original music and gospel and soul arrangements sung by chorus

Part of the city-wide Freedom City Festival, marking the 50th Anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr receiving an honorary doctorate at Newcastle University


Detailed Description

The true story of a young mum's search for refuge and belonging.

World Premier
A Live Theatre Production
Told by Joana Geronimo
Written by Juliana Mensah
Directed by Paul James
Designed by Alison Ashton

"I tell him that you don't know what I've been through...for us to be here. You have to work hard. Nothing comes from the sky to your hands..."

Joana came to Newcastle with her baby son Osvaldo from Angola in 2003.

In 2008 Joana took part in From Home To Newcastle, a Live Theatre verbatim piece about asylum seekers and refugees. Almost ten years later this new play catches up with Joana - how have things changed for her and her family, including Osvaldo, now a typical Geordie teenager?

Performed by Joana herself alongside actors from Live's Youth Theatre, From The Sky to Your Hands tells, in their own words and with music and humour, a story of parenthood, longing and belonging.

Part of the Freedom City Festival celebrating the 50th anniversary of the award of an honorary doctorate by Newcastle University to Martin Luther King the show touches on festival themes of racism, poverty and freedom.

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