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Islands 2010

Islas / Inseln / ΝΗΣΟΣ
Islands 2010

LANGUAGE:English, German, Greek and Spanish with surtitles

Paradise or prison? What does it mean to live on an island?

Two young European women are sunbathing on a beach in Tenerife when they find the body of an African woman washed up on the shore beside them. Nothing can ever be the same again. Follow Joanne and Sabine as their interweaving stories cross borders and touch the lives of others, wherever they go. Discover beauty at the heart of sadness and absurdity in the mundane as you are taken on a journey from the Isle of Lewis in Scotland to Aphrodite's Rock in Cyprus, in search of island identities.

Inspired by their work on Robert Lepage's magnum opus Lipsynch, four of Europe's most outward-looking theatre companies have collaborated on a wry and scorching look at contemporary Europe. With an original and evocative music score and state-of-the-art visuals, Islands is a truly new theatre adventure.

Islands is a new and original piece of theatre to be written and created collaboratively by Théâtre Sans Frontières (UK), Teatro Tamaska (Canary Islands), Theater Wahlverwandte (Germany) and Persona Theatre Company (Cyprus). Three of the companies involved in the project are based on islands on the margins of Europe and the fourth is from Berlin, which was an 'island' metaphorically during the Cold War. In devising this piece of theatre, we wanted to explore the question 'What does it mean to live on an island in Europe?'

During the Islands tour, we collected thoughts from the audience on what an island meant to them and incorporated them into a display which was on view in the foyers of the venues we visited. You can see the audiences comments here.


Director Franziska Schütz
Designer Jane Heather
Lighting Mark Pritchard
Video Artist Nicoleta Kalatha
Composer Juan Belda



Carlos Belda, Silke Buchholz, John Cobb, Becky Jameson, Diomedes Koufteros, Hans Piesbergen,
Josefa Suárez


2010 tour

Islands performed in the UK at: Queen's Hall, Hexham; Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal; The Lowry, Salford Quays; Darlington Arts Centre; Customs House, South Shields; and Northern Stage, Newcastle upon Tyne. It also toured to Nicosia and Limassol in Cyprus, as well as El Sauzal, La Laguna and Santa Cruz in Tenerife and Las Palmas de Gran Canaria in the Canary Islands.