‘Within the Heart of the Waves’ – 2012


October 2012 saw a team of seven Olive Branch Arts practitioners return to the Sahrawi Refugee Camps for our third youth-theatre residency.

Responding to the themes of ‘shipwreck’, members of the team collaborated with a group of young women between the ages of 16-24 to devise ‘Within the Heart of the Waves’. Telling the story of Aisha, a young girl who sets sail on a voyage of discovery only to find herself marooned on a desert island, this was an exciting and original piece of theatre that celebrates the strength of the human spirit and its ability to triumph even in the face of great adversity.

Following an initial therapeutic research project carried out in early 2012, a team of dramatherapists was also able to work with patients from the Landmine Victim Centre, exploring personal responses to the material and creatively engaging with the devising process. Ideas were communicated across the desert via messages in bottles, with many responses printed on fabric and sewn together to create a sail that was used in the final performance.

The photographs, by Emma Brown, in the gallery below offer a fascinating insight into this developing relationship with the Sahrawi community.

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