Exodus: Za’atari Refugee Camp, Jordan

Syrian refugees in the Za’atari Refugee camp in Jordan created a short film telling the story of their journey – their exodus – for Lichfield Mystery Plays 2016. See the film here.

Laura and Anthony Evans have been involved in both the performance and the production of Lichfield Mysteries for several years. Three years ago they went to work for Epic Arts in Cambodia, an inclusive arts charity based using the arts to bring people with and without disabilities together. As part of their work they travelled to Za’atari Refugee Camp in Jordan; working with young people and their Syrian group leaders to develop an inclusive theatre group.

During their visit, Laura and Anthony heard many personal stories from the refugees; of how they had fled their homes and their county to escape the war and terror they experienced on a daily basis. Each person had a story, each person had been on a journey and each person wanted his or her voice to be heard.

Jill Taylor, Production Manager for Lichfield Mysteries, approached Laura and Anthony to create a short film; giving the people in the camp an opportunity to share the story of their journey – their Exodus. Laura and Anthony worked through Skype and email with the group in Za’atari, creating the film to the song, ‘Resplendent at the Cenotaph’ by Lichfield born Kathleen Gentles and fellow musician Nora Mulready. This formed the Exodus play for Lichfield Mystery Plays 2016. We were pleased to give the people of Za’atari this opportunity to be heard and to challenge the attitudes and preconceived ideas of refugees in the UK. Read more about Laura and Anthony’s experience in Jordan here.

All our thanks to Epic Arts, Mark of Hope in Za’atari Refugee Camp, and Nora Mulready and Kathy Gentles