Directed by Sophie Besse


Borderline is a satire of the Calais Jungle devised by an ensemble of European and refugee performers. We follow the journey of 7 refugees from Sudan, Syria and Afghanistan living in the Calais Jungle.  The storyline was based on the refugee actors’ own experiences of the Jungle.  The play portrays this whole universe in a satirical way including refugees, the volunteers, the police and the police dogs.

Director’s Note

“Borderline is an ensemble work, a physical theatre/clown based comedy play devised over a 6 week period. This style was chosen as physical theatre seemed to me the best option to face the language barrier. Indeed, we created this piece with 6 languages in the room (Arabic, Pashto, English, French, Spanish and Italian) and so I wanted to make sure that everyone would have the opportunity to express themselves fully. Regarding Comedy, it’s a choice I’ve made to convey a different image from refugees; I wanted to show their, skills, their talents, their incredible resilience and their humanity. They were also very keen to do a comedy, they didn’t want to trigger pity, but were looking for an opportunity to connect with the audience and to reach as many people as possible to spread their message. Satire has proven to be a very good answer.”

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