The Trojan Women Project is embarking on an immensely exciting new black comedy; 'En-Scripted' (working title). The black comedy will be about the challenges of being a Syrian Refugee in the context of community drama projects in the times of Covid-era, and the irony of fleeing a police state only to find yourself locked down in Glasgow.
The show will chart nine months of drama workshops (initially online) whilst the obvious roadblocks such as problems with digital technology, remote participation and language barriers interfere with progress.
'En-Scripted' will also aim to highlight the diffculties of being internationally serparated from one's family during this pandemic. Many of the show's Syrian writers and performers still have family stuck in Syria, where Covid has run riot, and so the show will include Zoom scenes with family members.
'En-Scripted' will be co-written and performed by a cast of Glasgow-based Syrian refugees, building on the successes of the 2018/19 drama workshops held by The Trojan Women Project and the Edinburgh Festival 2019 show 'The Trojan'.
The show will be digitally available once complete, in both Arabic and English (with subtitles), but in fact the overarching aim for the project is to use these workshops as a rehearsal process for a stage show to perform at the Pleasance in Edinburgh come the summer of 2021.