The Walk with Little Amal

Complicité welcomes Little Amal at Dover

"no one would leave home 
unless home chased you to the shore" 
- Warsan Shire

Complicité welcomed Little Amal for The Walk at St Margaret's Bay in Dover, beneath the White Cliffs. Little Amal, a 3.5 metre-tall puppet of a nine-year old Syrian girl, is walking across Europe to shine a light on the stories of millions of young refugees. More than 15,000 migrants have made the dangerous journey crossing the English Channel, the world's biggest shipping lane, since the start of 2021.

The Walk, a collaboration between Good Chance and Handspring Puppet Company, is a festival of art following Little Amal's journey from Turket to UK. Little Amal has travelled through eight countries, and been welcomed by hundreds of cultural events in cities, towns and villages all along her route.

Amir Nizar Zuabi, Artistic Director of The Walk, invited Complicité to create a welcome for Little Amal at Dover. Directed by Complicité Associate, Sasha Milavic Davies (everything that rises must dance; The Suppliant Women), performed by Toby Sedgwick (A Dog's Heart; The Noise of Time) and designed by Sarah Mercadé, with text from poet Warsan Shire. The performance of Little Amal's encounter on the beach explores how human connection transcends borders and oceans. 

Watch the film here


Learn more about what you can do to help refugees here.




Photograph - Justin Sutcliffe
Photograph - Justin Sutcliffe
Photograph - Justin Sutcliffe

The Arts Hour, BBC

Simon McBurney hosts a special edition of The Arts Hour, on the BBC World Service


In a curtain raiser to the World Service Arts Festival, Simon McBurney will be talking to filmmakers, novelists and thinkers from across the arts. They will examine our fractious relationship with the world, looking at how telling and listening to stories might help bring us closer together in lockdown and beyond, both to each other and to the Earth.

Our removal from community and from nature has been happening in the West, not just during Covid-19, but for centuries. Now is the time to reflect on those relationships and rethink the role of society and our place on the planet.

Joining Simon to discuss these issues will be: Naomi Klein, the award winning journalist and author; Colleen Echohawk, founder of the Coalition to End Urban Indigenous Homelessness; Psychiatrist Dr Iain McGilchrist, who explains why he feels we’ve become more reliant on the left side of our brains and why that’s not a good thing;  writer, art historian and filmmaker Nana Oforiatta Ayim on nature vs the economy in Ghana; actor Fehinti Balogun, who talks about how theatre is the perfect place to highlight issues including climate change; and filmmaker Takumã Kuikuro who explains why, in his opinion, storytelling needs to begin and end with nature.

13 March 2021 at 8:06pm GMT

Nana Oforiatta Ayim
Naomi Klein, photo by Kourosh Keshiri
Takuma Kuikuro, photo by Elisa Mendes
Simon McBurney, photo by Ali Wright

The Encounter wins Offie Award

The Encounter online stream is an Offie Award 2020 winner

We are pleased to announce that Complicité's award-winning production of The Encounter has won an Offie Award 2020.

The production was streamed online for a limited period and won the award in the OnComm section of the Offies, for online work. The Offie Awards celebrate the achievements of independent, alternative and fringe theatre in London. 

The Encounter was streamed on demand for free from 16th to 25th May 2020, in response to the first UK lockdown and closure of all theatres due to Covid 19.

Simon commented at the time:
We are, as a consequence of this pandemic, bodily cut off from one another. Disconnected. Isolated. But perhaps this sense of our separation one from another, is simply a heightening of what we felt before this all began. We are thinking now, not only about how long this will last, but also what happens on the other side. To reconnect we need, perhaps, to learn to listen more closely. To each other. To our communities. To other cultures. To nature itself. 
The Encounter is at its heart a story about ‘listening’, not 'hearing' but listening; to other, older narratives which, at the deepest level, form who we are, and if we do, we can imagine how we can 'begin' again.”

The show was made available to view via Complicité's YouTubeTwitter and website with the support of The Space Arts. We are grateful to many of our UK and international partners who supported the stream by making the show available on their websites for their audiences.

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Ways of Listening

Wednesday 29 July 2020, 8.30pm (BST)

In the last of Complicité's free lockdown talks inspired by The Encounter, Simon McBurney is joined by legendary pioneers Laurie Anderson, Brian Eno and Nitin Sawhney to explore the act of listening.

We hear all the time. Our ears, even in sleep, unlike our eyes, are never closed. But listening is an act of conscious concentration which, in the words of John Berger, '...salvages meaning...' from the words and world around us. So how can we listen amidst the roar of these unceasingly cacophonous times, and could listening, ultimately, change the way we live?

This event was live streamed to Complicité's YouTube Channel.

This event was live captioned.



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Laurie Anderson © Ebru Yildiz, Brian Eno © Shamil Tanna, Simon McBurney © Johan Persson, Nitin Sawhney © Suki Dhanda
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