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Panel Discussion: 'Whither Would You Go?'

The Global Importance of Imagination and Empathy - Part of Refugee Week

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Saturday 23 June, 8.00pm

Sam Wanamaker Playhouse

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Imagination and empathy: with knowledge and information at our fingertips, does the power of imagination and empathy have a place in our Global Community, and what collective responsibility do we have to use them, if they do?
Michelle Terry, Artistic Director


In the play Sir Thomas More, Shakespeare writes:

‘Imagine that you see the wretched strangers,
Their babies at their backs and their poor luggage,
Plodding to the ports and coasts for transportation.’

Shakespeare was asking us to imagine a world 400 years ago that is still too strikingly familiar today. It is our capacity to imagine that keeps us free, allows us to step into other worlds, others’ shoes, others’ lives – at its most basic, to empathise; at its boldest, to take action. This panel will use the context of theatre and art to connect to the themes of Refugee Week.

The panel will be chaired by Co-Founder and Co-Director of Counterpoints Arts, Almir Koldzic.  Panellists include members of our Globe to Globe Hamlet company, who travelled to every country in the world across two years, and as part of that tour played in refugee camps in Calais, Zaatari, Djibouti (Obock) and others, Iraqi filmmaker, Maysoon Pachachi, and American theatre director Jessica Bauman who has worked extensively at Kakuma camp, as well as on Arden / Everywhere, a reimagining of As You Like It performed by migrants and asylum seekers in New York.