Claiming their voice: foreign memories on the post-Brexit British stage

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Lech, K. 2020. Claiming their voice: foreign memories on the post-Brexit British stage. in: Meerzon, Y., Dean, D. and McNeil, D. (ed.) Migration and stereotypes in performance and culture Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 215-234
AuthorsLech, K.
EditorsMeerzon, Y., Dean, D. and McNeil, D.
Abstract

Lech explores responses to Brexit by multilingual UK-based EU and non-EU theatre practitioners. Situating the paradox of simultaneous hyper- and in-visibility of immigrants in the UK, the chapter insists that the migrant perspective is crucial for the debate on Brexit as part of the broader European Union’s crisis of commonality and solidarity. Lech examines three productions performed in the UK immediately after the referendum: Bubble Revolution, Rosaura, and An Evening with an Immigrant, in which migrant artists claim agency over their representation within public spaces and create a platform for a new social imagination that can facilitate transnational and trans-local encounters, multicultural democratic spaces, sense of commonality, and solidarity. Reflecting on how transnational actors mediate their identities through individual, collective, and cultural memories facilitating encounters between multiple communities, cultures, places, and histories, Lech opens new and urgent frames for studying migrant experience and reshaping broader political discourses.

Keywords Brexit; Theatre; Migrant perspective
Page range215-234
Year2020
Book titleMigration and stereotypes in performance and culture
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Output statusPublished
ISBN 9783030399153
Publication process dates
Deposited13 Jan 2021
Official URLhttps://www.palgrave.com/gp/book/9783030399146
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