When Marsel goes into labour, there's only one person she wants to talk to. Her best friend, who is thousands of miles away. But what happens when they can't get through? A story of crossed wires, gossip and unlikely connections.
What’s Far Is Near is a theatre production devised over Skype by Staging Sisterhood: an ensemble of women brought together by Seenaryo. Half of the members of Staging Sisterhood live in London and half in Lebanon; all are from a refugee or asylum-seeking background. Part of Refugee Week, the three-month project culminates in a public performance happening simultaneously over live video link at Southbank Centre's Purcell Room (London) and Hamra's The Palace Beirut (Beirut).
Can we create theatre across borders? Where sharing physical space is impossible, What’s Far Is Near uses technology to create a shared creative space.
The process is led by Seenaryo, in partnership with Women Now For Development, Counterpoints Arts and Southbank Centre. With funding from Arts Council England.