Asylon Theatre firmly believes that active participation in arts has an immensely positive impact on people’s wellbeing and sense of happiness. We also are certain that audience development for arts starts in early childhood. We are therefore committed to creating projects that bring communities together allowing people to participate, have conversations and experience theatre on one hand in the most unexpected places and on the other right at heart of their schools or community venues.
Apart from theatre productions performed in traditional theatres, we have created projects on buses, in botanic gardens, community centres and in schools. We run theatre workshops and post show discussion around themes of our productions and sometimes as separate outreach projects to engage with minority groups and people living in most rural places.
One of our most recent and ongoing projects includes bilingualism in theatre. We’ve been exploring this topic in variety of ways:
-Through series of participatory workshops with bilingual youth in Scotland and Poland including themes of home, relocation, and belonging under the title And When I’m Back;
-Through series of bilingual workshops and performances for bilingual children (Polish-English and Arabic-English) based on one of our most beloved production Fraxi Queen of the Forest, exploring themes of change, loss, and love for nature as well as sustainability;
-Through offering free performances to children from minority/refugees groups-most recently our latest production Home Sweet Garden will be performed for Re-Act Scotland playgroup for refugees in Edinburgh;
-Through discussions and workshops for professional art workers on bilingualism in theatre at Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2017;