Working with organisations across the City of Newcastle including Cyrenians Homeless Charity, West End Refugee Services and Freedom From Torture, plus a number of theatre practitioners and filmmakers and artists and students from the Social Work and Arts & Social Science Faculties of Northumbria University.
The idea was to create a ‘place of sanctuary’ in the centre of the city – a place filled with art and music and stories and food and beautiful objects. A comfortable place where people were safe to reflect on the world and find a moment of peace.
The performance was inspired by the writing of late North East-based poet Julia Darling
‘I’m not really a political person. I just like imagining things. Imagine you could build a utopia, a free town, a place of imagination.’ Julia Darling NE poet (1956 -2005)
And by the hundreds of people who have experienced homelessness within the North East.
‘If I won 5 million on the lottery I would like to give something back to the city. An ‘Academy of Inspiration’ at the old Westmoreland Men’s Hostel. When I look at the building now I think it looks like a person whose life is ebbing away” Drew Foster Cyrenians Service User
"This City Shall ….. " is an original song from “Manifesto for a New City” produced in 2005 by the Northern Stage Ensemble Words Julia Darling Music Jim Kitson sung by the original cast Alex Elliott, Bekki French, Francisco Alfonsin, Jane Arnfield, Kate Craddock, Mark Calvert, Mark Lloyd, Peter Peverley, Rebecca Hollingsworth and Tony Neilson
and in "Searching for a City of Sanctuary' by the company of performers
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