Comedian Paul Sinha and Southampton Afghan boyband The KabulBoys headline a new three day performance festival Now-Here at Nuffield Southampton Theatres, Campus, to celebrate the movement and settlement of people in Southampton. From Tuesday 11 till Thursday 13 April, Now-Here will explore Southampton’s diverse and multi-faceted identity through comedy, music, talks, performances, installations and family fun.
Sam Hodges, Director at Nuffield Southampton Theatres said, ‘For many years, Southampton, as both a port and dispersal city, has seen thousands of people come and go. That sense of flux and changing voices is an important part of its identity. At a time when world leaders are championing segregation and isolationism, it feels more important than ever to advocate for listening to each other. That’s what Now-Here is about’.
6.30pm Photo Journalist Guy Smallman will be presenting an illustrated talk on his exhibition and why Afghanistan is still one the second biggest contributor to the Refugee Crisis.
7:30pm Experiment – Our Shared Future. A scratch performance night, simmering with fresh new ideas of theatre in development. Artists present their work to test a new project, ask questions about a piece and gather feedback from the audience.
Act 1: Asylum Monologues by ice and fire. This version of Asylum Monologues contains the story of a local friendship between Southampton local Mike Brown and a Congolese man who has become a lifelong friend.
Act 2: Welcome by World Stages Now. World Stages Now is a Southampton based theatre organisation that seeks to empower and bring communities together providing a creative space for the voiceless and marginalised in our society
12pm-4pm Come and put your head in a box! HeadSpace invites family audiences to place their heads inside what at first appear to be very ordinary cardboard boxes…but they are far from ordinary!
There will also be workshops at 12.30pm and 2.30pm for families to create their own extraordinary boxes.
7.30pm Live music from Southampton’s Kabul Boys. A collection of folklore, classical, pop and fusion songs has given the band unique touch in Afghan music industry.
Also at 9:30pm Comedian Paul Sinha will perform 60 minutes of his favourite material from a selection of his Edinburgh Festival solo shows.
All events are free. Box Office 023 8067 1771 or book online nstheatres.co.uk