Creating a platform for refugees to
tell their own stories through drama
The Trojan Women Project has been creating joint therapeutic drama and advocacy projects for refugees since 2013. Are projects are now open to all refugees, Ukrainian, Afghan, Syrian, and whoever wants to come. Previously we have worked with Syrian refugees in Jordan, Europe and the UK. We also make documentaries about our projects so as to allow the voices of our participants to be heard as widely as possible.
Trojan Women Project (Trojan Women Scotland CIC SC605938) was founded by Bosnia veterans, the award-winning foreign correspondent and film-maker Charlotte Eagar and her husband, the award-winning filmmaker William Stirling in 2013. Trojan Women Project was inspired by years of working with refugees and seeing the depression, loneliness, boredom and misery they can suffer in exile.
The key to our project is producing pieces of drama and/or film which combine being of the highest possible artistic standard with a benefit to the refugee and host community participants.
Highlights include being a key-note feature of the Edinburgh International Culture Summit (2020), our four-star reviewed Edinburgh Festival 2019 performance of The Trojans, an adaptation of Euripides’ Trojan Women, with a cast of Glasgow-based Syrian refugees; the five-star reviewed Queens of Syria UK 2016 tour, co-produced with the Young Vic and Developing Artists; Oliver in Arabic! our highly acclaimed 2015 first ever Arabic adapation of the musical, Oliver!, in Jordan, with a junior cast of Syrian refugees; our 2014-15 radio drama, We Are All Refugees/Welcome to Zaatari – written and performed by Syrian and Jordanian professionals and refugees, broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and BBC Arabic; and 2013’s Syria: The Trojan Women, our original adaptation of Euripides’ with an all-female cast of Syrian refugees living in Jordan. During Covid we ran Enscripted, nine months of weekly on-line zoom black comedy workshops for Syrian refugee. Participants joined from all over the Middle East, Europe and the UK.
We have now launched Trojans UK 22 - a brand new adaptation of the Trojan Women, with a cast of refugees from many countries, featuring a core cast of refugees who are also professional actors, and a chorus of workshop participants. We intent to tour Trojans UK 22 round the UK, working with participants from a series of community drama workshops in very location we tour.
We are backed by Prospero World, a UK registered charity, no. 1163952