Speak Back

Speaking back to the media

Nottingham Contemproary

24 Jun 2017 - 2:00 PM

Speak Back

Admission Free

Free, no booking required

Speak Back is a series of storytelling workshops and public performances that looks at media narratives of global conflict and migration, exploring how these narratives shape attitudes to people displaced by conflict.

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Migration has high visibility in the media and in the associated public debate, despite this, there are many aspects of migrant experience rarely narrated in the news. Speak Back will focus, in particular, on media narratives that shape attitudes that perceive immigrants or migrant bodies as somehow ‘illegal’.

The project brings together academic researchers, Implicated Theatre, and artists, alongside migrant rights organisations in Birmingham, Nottingham and London, to reflect on and critique concepts of citizenship and non-citizenship, seeking ways to transform attitudes and actions.

Based on the lived experiences of members of Implicated Theatre, the Women’s Cultural Forum and Birmingham Asylum and Refugee Association, a series of public performances will challenge the news headlines, media narratives and their ‘facts’ on immigration. They will offer viewpoints and stories showing seldom-seen or heard realities of immigration and its control, presenting migration with a complexity that often has no place in the media agenda.

Implicated Theatre will be working with The Women’s Cultural Forum, Nottingham and Asylum and Refugee Association, Birmingham.

Join us for performances on

Saturday 24th June, 2-5pm at Nottingham Contemporary, Weekday Cross, Nottingham  

Wednesday 28th June, 12-2pm at St Martins Youth & Community Centre, Gooch Street, Birmingham

Speak Back is part of a wider research project, Conflict, Memory and Displacement, led by researchers from University of East London, Birmingham City University and Nottingham with partners in Italy at the University of Bologna. 



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Speaking back to the media

We are Implicated, So Are You



Speak Back sketches

Jonas Tiknius


Implicated Theatre sketches

Jonas Tiknius


We are Implicated, So Are You rehearsal 2015

Implicated Theatre