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In this audio segment, Naomi Levitz describes the creative process in the production of the play, and Muna and Walabo describe their experiences as performers on stage and how important it is that the stories of refugees to Windsor be told:
About the play: “Inside the Burden – Stories of Refugee Youth” is a dramatic production following nine storytellers as they showcase their resilience in overcoming the challenges and obstacles while journeying to create a new life in Canada.”
“Last spring, refugee and newcomer youth from around the Windsor-Essex County area attended workshops at Windsor Women Working With Immigrant Women to create production based on their lived experience, and their feelings and struggles about being refugees in Canada. Workshops were led by local award winning social justice Theatre Artist, Chris Rabideau, in collaboration with mental health support and community partners. Together with practitioners, community members, teachers and youth, we came together to create “Inside the Burden – Stories of Refugee Youth”.
Funding provided for this initiative by the Ontario Arts Council. Community partners include YMCA, Mathew House, Legal Assistance of Windsor, and the Greater Essex County District School Board.”
The play shows Wednesday Feb. 26 at 7PM at the Olde Walkerville Theatre. A panel discussion with audience and player participation will follow the play.
Claire Roque, at the Diocese of London office in Windsor, will be a part of the panel on Feb. 26. Also, the panel will include Heather Mantle, the Director of Matthew House, a shelter for refugees, Shelley Gilbert who will address the struggles of youth in Windsor who were victims of human trafficking, and Loly Rico from Toronto, the President of the Canadian Council for Refugees who will be speaking about solutions to the struggles of refugee youth in Canada.
The play runs again Thursday, Feb 27 also at 7PM