Babylon Beyond Borders

Babylon Beyond Borders

A live streamed performance happening simultaneously in four countries.

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29 January 2019  ·  Follow on Stagedoor
“This live-streamed performance will be happening simultaneously in four theatres across the world, with activists in São Paulo, a women's chorus in London, musicians in Harlem and students in Johannesburg. They're all exploring one thing: the idea of home. If the technology works this could be really exciting. Plus, this show is part of the two week Babylon Festival, curated by Tobi Kyeremateng at the Bush Theatre, which celebrates black and brown cultural innovators. There will be live podcasts, theatre takeovers and music gigs. Definitely worth checking out.”


Four extraordinary theatres, each deeply rooted in their own community, explore their relationship to home, language and migration. A Brazilian activist at the Pequeno Ato Theatre in São Paulo performs with a chorus of women from Shepherd’s Bush. Musicians at Harlem Stage in New York City act out the experiences of students at the Market Theatre Lab in Johannesburg in a celebration of the possibility and power of cross border encounters.

Devised by Sarah Elizabeth Charles, Pedro Granato, Mwenya Kabwe and Ruthie Osterman.

Project Partners

Bush Theatre (London, UK) – a world-famous home for new plays and an internationally renowned champion of playwrights.

Harlem Stage (NYC, USA) – an award-winning performing arts centre that features diverse local, national, and global artists in music, film, opera, theatre, dance and literature.

Pequeno Ato (São Paulo, Brazil)- award-wining young independent theatre focusing on creating new dramaturgy and contemporary aesthetics.

Market Theatre Lab (Johannesburg, South Africa) was operating as an independent, non-racial theatre during the country’s apartheid regime. The theatre provides a platform for professional performing and visual arts repertoire.

Critic reviews

Babylon Beyond Borders is not only an absolute must-see for its theatrical ingenuity and originality, but it is also a desperately important play for its fresh outlook, which celebrates distance from a hegemony dominated by fear of the other

The Upcoming

Technically audacious, if occasionally clunky, piece that’s brimming with life and humanity

The Stage

Date & time

Show ended
Tue 12 Feb - Sat 16 Feb, 7pm


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