Now is the time to say nothing - Platform 8

Day 10 of our 30 Days in May Challenge: Something Completely Different

We’ve come to Peterborough Regional College today for the showing of ‘Now is the time to say nothing’ being presented by Platform 8 – it’s their 6th Series. This is not something we would normally come and see but the reviews for it were very persuading.

“If the essence of theatre is an invitation to imagine that we are someone else and for a moment to see the world through their eyes, then this is truly theatre at its most essential.”

— Tom Morris, Bristol Old Vic

“Exquisitely simple and moving. This is a cunningly constructed and heartfelt piece that acknowledges the complexities of what is happening in Syria, reminds how sitting in the dark watching a screen only distances us, and actively tries to bring us together to reach out to the real people, just like us, whose lives are blighted by war.”

— The Guardian

So what exactly is it about? It’s an interactive sound and video installation exploring the role of screens in observing global conflicts. The show is a provocation against armchair passivity. Using stunning video and immersive sound, it follows the real story of Syrian artist Reem Karssli as she captures her daily experience of the Syrian conflict on camera. We see what emerges when she is contacted by a group of teenagers from the UK who want to see beyond the footage they’ve watched on their TVs. Together they co-author an experience which attempts to connect a UK audience to the human story behind the news. Created over four years, following Reem into an exile which forces her to leave her camera behind, Now Is The Time To Say Nothing is an intimate exploration of what it means to stay connected to each other and of what happens when war and the need for survival gets in the way.

How can I describe this? This was an immersive experience. To be sitting in front of a TV how so many of us do, going through the motions of just watching the news maybe, thinking a few thoughts and then dismissing it – maybe getting up and making a cup of tea. There was none of this here. You were in your armchair watching someone else’s life, experiencing as much as you could of what they were thinking, seeing, feeling. You’re engaged in what’s happening, sometimes in darkness and just listening with your eyes closed, sometimes on your feet…

It’s an eye-opener into someone else’s world compared to our own. Something possibly we will never experience or understand. This creative is one way of expanding that.

Lead artists are: Caroline Williams, an award-winning artist working in multi-disciplinary participatory performance and Reem Karssli,  a Syrian film-maker and researcher now living in Berlin.

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JUMPED UP THEATRE COMPANY has been producing theatre events around the UK since 1993, taking productions into pubs, churches, community gardens, museums and front-rooms, and quite a few theatres.  The audience is at the heart of our work.

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