Frascati Issues: To Voice offers a platform to artists who use the power of the spoken word to address the world around them. Theatre-makers who raise their voices, call for change or make an impassioned, loving plea. To Voice links up voices from around the world with voices from the city. Not only do we allow radical voices that resonate to be heard, but also those unheard, marginalized voices that too often are overlooked in our overheated public debates. Voices that are headstrong, searching, at times undesirable.
Frascati puts on productions that act as a manifesto, a call to arms or an urgent entreaty; that directly provoke, move, connect and question. Central to these are theatre-makers who in their work enter into a direct confrontation with their audiences. At times through an angry indictment; at others through a loving appeal.
But To Voice is all about the inherent power of this form of storytelling; about speaking without a fourth wall. Now is the time for the new orators, the storytellers, the stand-up philosophers, the wordsmiths and the urban poets.
Cooperation with Contact
For Frascati Issues: To Voice, Frascati has entered into a cooperation with Contact Theatre from Manchester, England. Contact is the home base for a diverse group of young British theatre talent, mostly originating from a spoken word and rap tradition. The makers come from all over Manchester and most of them have progressed along paths other than the theatre. Within Contact, they get the opportunity to develop a voice of their own and cross-pollinate the performing arts with their diverse, new stories.
Together with Contact, Frascati selected three productions by young makers affiliated to its house: Travis Alabanza, Nima Séne and Keisha Thompson. On this closing night we will bring together the young poets of Contact’s house company Young Identity with Amsterdam-based Poetry Circle Nowhere in a unique, one-off joint spoken word show case about Manchester and Amsterdam, and the changing state of the cities.