Tickets: FREE
University Square Priory Street, Coventry, CV1 5RN
Wed 27 Oct 2021 @ 19.00
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The Walk - Coventry Embraces

Wed 27 Oct 2021 @ 19.00
University Square
Priory Street, Coventry, CV1 5RN Show on map
Duration: 1 hour
FREE
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Doors Open at 7pm for a 7.45pm show

At the heart of The Walk is ‘Little Amal’, a 3.5 metre-tall puppet of a young refugee girl, created by the acclaimed Handspring Puppet Company. Representing all displaced children, many separated from their families, Little Amal will have walked across Turkey, Greece, Italy, France, Switzerland, Germany, Belgium and the UK, heading for a finale event in Manchester, England in November 2021. She will travel a remarkable 8,000km in total, celebrating the power of art and shared humanity wherever she goes. 

At this time of unprecedented global change, The Walk is an artistic response: a cultural odyssey transcending borders, politics and language to tell a new story of shared humanity – and to ensure the world doesn’t forget the millions of displaced children, each with their own story.

Coventry welcomes little Amal.

After walking through the city, Little Amal will witness the first Children’s Citizenship Ceremony and Celebration, designed by and for the young people of Coventry. 

The evening is a theatre performance, featuring sound, light and choreography. The dusk brings a moment of reflection for Little Amal; she remembers how far she’s come from her home and how much she’s learned. Amal remembers her hometown and is reminded that she will always have a place in Coventry. 

Trigger Warnings: Please note, the performance contains flashing lights, haze, pyrotechnics, bombing effects and loud noises.

Good Chance, Stephen Daldry, David Lan and Tracey Seaward and Naomi Webb present a Good Chance Theatre Production in association with Handspring Puppet Company produced and presented in Coventry by Coventry City of Culture Trust and Emergency Exit Arts.  Directed by Sita Thomas.

This event contains content which some audiences may find upsetting. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

Produced and presented in Coventry by Coventry City of Culture Trust.

Supported by funding from Spirit of 2012.

Image: Andre Liohn

The Walk

At the heart of The Walk is ‘Little Amal’, a 3.5 metre-tall puppet of a young refugee girl, created by the acclaimed Handspring Puppet Company. Representing all displaced children, many separated from their families, Little Amal will have walked across Turkey, Greece, Italy, France, Switzerland, Germany, Belgium and the UK, heading for a finale event in Manchester, England in November 2021. She will travel a remarkable 8,000km in total, celebrating the power of art and shared humanity wherever she goes. 

 

Tickets & Entry Information

Prohibited Items & Searches 

 

  • All Bags will be searched upon entry to the venue.
  • The event organiser reserves the right to search clothing for security reasons upon entry or whilst inside the venue.
  • There will be no re-entry to the site without a ticket. However, if you have access requirements, please speak to a member of staff at the event who will be able to help you.

 To ensure the safety of all, the following items are strictly prohibited within the venue: 

  • Air Horns 
  • Alcohol 
  • Audio Visual Equipment 
  • Bicycles 
  • Drones 
  • Flammable Liquids and Gas canisters (including nitrous oxide) 
  • Glass 
  • Illegal Substances 
  • Laser Pointers 
  • Large Bags 
  • Pets (other than registered hearing or guide dogs) 
  • Pyrotechnics – Fireworks & Flares 
  • Umbrellas 
  • Opened soft drinks (Unopened are permitted) 
  • Weapons, Blades & Scissors 

 

Please note that anyone found to have anything in their possession that is deemed illegal, the Police will be informed, and they may be charged. 

 

The event organisers retain the right to refuse entry to the site at any time.

CREDITS

Coventry Embraces

Director: Sita Thomas

Composer: Niraj Chag

Projection Design: Yeast Culture 

Lighting Design: Craig West 

Head of Costume: Hannah Marshall

Poetry written and performed by Hawwa Hussain (Young Poet Laureate) 

Chandani played by Hawwa Hussain 

Choreography and Performed by: Marshon Dance and Marius Mates

NHS photography by: Jonny Weeks; The Guardian; Inès Elsa Dalal; Donna Mighty at Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospital NHS Trust.

CARAG photographs by Paul Matt

Stills of Coventry during the war kindly provided by Culture Coventry

Footage of Coventry in 1945 kindly provided by The Imperial War Museum

NHS audio contributors: Dr Ayesha Mahmud; Dr Maisun Elftise; Dr Sarah Ajam

Farsi translations by Dr Seyedeh Naseriniaki

Thanks are due to many people for their support, and in particular: Gavin Hawes at UHCW; Professor Roberta Bivins; Dr Sarah Raistrick; Photo Miners; Professor Helen Wheatley; John Wyver; Coventry Digital; Vin Hammersley and Hero in My Street; Victoria Northridge; Belgrade Theatre, Ego Performance Company

Access information

  • BSL interpreted
  • Audio described

Please be aware the performance contains flashing lights, haze, pyrotechnics, bombing effects, some disturbing images and loud noises.
Please speak to Access hosts if you would like any more information.

BSL interpretation, and Audio Description available.

Audience members who have seating, and/or space to enter the event space early to avoid crowds can do so by emailing [email protected] or speaking to a member of staff within the City of Culture shop.

Ear defenders will be made available on the evening for audience members who require them.

Access stewards wearing green tabards will be co-ordinating early entry and any access requirements, so please speak to them on the evening if needed.

Please visit the UK City of Culture Shop in Hertford St if you would like to talk through any details. Easy Read resources will be available prior to the performance.

 

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