Created by Olivier-award winning director Donnacadh O’Briain and playwright Amy Ng
Made in collaboration with Dr Sarah Fine and the Philosophy Department at King’s College London.
Running from 28 September – 16 October 2021
Various venues across London Bethnal Green, Hornchurch, Wembley, Willesden Green,
Catford, South Kilburn, Harlsden, Neasden, Norwood, Shoreditch
ice&fire –and Matthew Schmolle Productions are delighted to announce the London tour of a brand-new all-immigrant variety show. WE LIKE TO MOVE IT MOVE IT is performed by a clown collective of immigrant performers, who take the audience on a journey of variety and satire. grappling with our decade’s stickiest subject; immigration. It’s a show where karaoke meets moral philosophy, incorporating a stand-up pigeon double act, smorgasbord of characters, plenty of juice, plenty of biscuits and plenty of food for thought.
ice&fire have established themselves as a theatre company renowned for their use of performance to explore human rights issues, in WE LIKE TO MOVE IT MOVE IT, the cast do just that. Because while Brexit is now ‘done’ it seems we are still far from done with the age-old immigration ‘question.’ This all-immigrant variety show, has been created by Olivier award winner Donnacadh O’Briain (Ireland) and playwright Amy Ng (Hong Kong), with a company of actors; Jahmila Heath (Jamaica), Tomoko Komura (Japan), Gaël Le Cornec (Brazil-via-France) and Sergio Maggiolo (Peru). Collectively they are over 29,000 miles from home.
Touring to every corner of London, visiting venues in Bethnal Green, Hornchurch, Wembley, Willesden Green,
Catford, South Kilburn, Harlsden, Neasden, Norwood, and Shoreditch – and serving up jokes, songs and satire, the performers ask; ‘What is behind our societal acceptance of immigration control? What does it say about us and what do those who have come to the UK from somewhere else want to say about it?’
Christine Bacon from ice&fire says: ‘As a company, ice&fire have for some time been concerned with the here and now of human rights stories and what can be done to make current systems more fair. With this project, we are trying to take a big step back and interrogate how and why immigration controls are seen as such a common sense and ‘natural’ feature of our world. But with clowns, so it will make you smile.’
Matthew Schmolle says: ‘We are passionate about getting this show out beyond the traditional theatre-world-echo-chamber, getting it in front of the broadest audience possible and seeing what all those people have to say about these over-looked issues which under pin so much of modern discourse around immigration’.
Tickets All shows have tiered pricing to suit every budget. www.iceandfire.co.uk/project/wltmimi
Set and Costume Designer – Elizabeth Rose Sound Designer – Tingying Dong
Stage Manager – Kayleigh Atkinson Assistant Director – Poppy Sutch
Tuesday 28th September – Saturday 16th October:
Evenings (Timings vary, see www.iceandfire.co.uk/project/wltmimi for full information)
Tickets: Range from £Free – £15
Performance length: Approximately 60 minutes with no interval.
Tuesday 28th September & Thursday 30th September St Margarets House, Bethnal Green
Tuesday 5th October Queens Theatre Hornchurch,
Thursday 7th October & Friday 8th October The Yellow, Wembley
Saturday 9th October The Library at Willesden Green, Willesden
Monday 11th October Lewisham Irish Community Centre, Catford
Tuesday 12th October The Granville Community Centre, South Kilburn
Wednesday 13th October The Roundwood Community Centre, Harlsden
Thursday 14th October St Catherine’s Church, Neasden
Friday 15th October Stanley Arts, Norwood
Saturday 16th October RichMix, Shoreditch