Posted on Wed, Sep 24, 2008
A new theatre production, Ruth, created with the help of refugees and asylum seekers, launches in Greater Manchester on 6 October. The production was funded by Bible Society and developed by north west theatre company No Nonsense.
Based on the Old Testament story of Ruth, the exhibition and performance tells the powerful modern day stories of women forced to flee their countries to find refuge in the UK.
An exhibition, the culmination of a month-long series of arts workshops with women of non-British origin, will also run while the production is on stage. It features large-scale sculptures, ceramics, design, textiles, traditional attires and photography.
Bible Society works to show that the Bible connects with everyday life in the 21st century – and Ruth is one of the ways the charity is doing this through the arts.
"The arts is seen as one of those key areas where the Bible’s message can be shared openly, creatively and in surprising ways," said Luke Walton, Bible Society‘s Arts Development Officer.
"Ruth and the art exhibition present a visual feast. The production weaves a tale of courage and humanity, incorporating puppetry, mask and live music to produce a beautifully dynamic piece of theatre."
He added, "This is a wonderful opportunity for schools and family groups to see how inspiring Bible journeys have a continuing tale to tell today."
Rosie Scott, Arts Development Manager at Waterside Arts Centre, said, "This project, which has already attracted widespread interest in the North West, promises to be brilliant and important at the same time. And, from our point of view, it’s wonderful to be celebrating cultural diversity on our very own doorstep."
Both the exhibition and production take place at the Waterside Arts Centre in Sale and will run for three months.
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