disPLACE: Refugee Stories in Their Own Words is a TWU production that shares the real-life experiences of refugees coming to Canada, in their own words. From Mennonite immigrants who fled Europe after World War II, to the current global refugee crisis, the stories in disPLACE shine a light on the bonds that tie all of us together. Five actors transform into multiple characters in this unforgettable journey, knit together by original music and verbatim testimony. The show premiered in November but is being performed again from March 2-5. On Thursday, March 2 disPLACE is showing at the Mennonite Heritage Museum in Abbotsford at 2 and 7 p.m. Partial proceeds from this performance will go towards TRAC’s effort to sponsor a refugee family.
TRAC is excited to partner with members of the TWU community that are also working to make a difference in the global refugee crisis.
Experiences of People Involved
One cast member wrote:
What if war raged in your country? What if bombs fell on your street? What if you were separated from your family in order to survive? disPLACE is a common ground where we can listen to the true, heartfelt stories of refugees from Iraq, Syria, Columbia, Ukraine, and the Congo. The words are verbatim (directly from the refugees themselves) and each song and scene on stage was created by the ensemble as they processed and were inspired by the true stories that they encountered. As a member of the cast, it is an honour to share these stories of real people and to understand a glimmer of what it is like to be in their shoes. The power of vulnerability can be life changing and each cast member has been affected in some way through this process. Please come and be a part of disPLACE.
Angela Konrad, Director of disPLACE wrote, “Response to the show when it premiered on campus in November was phenomenal. So many people talked about how it changed their perspective on refugees. So many people wanted to know how they can help welcome refugees. Working on this show was life changing for all of us and meeting these new Canadians and hearing of their courage and resilience was such an inspiration. It is an honour and privilege to bring their stories to life.”
Thursday, March 2 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the Mennonite Heritage Museum, Abbotsford
(partial proceeds to TRAC refugee sponsorship)
Friday, March 3 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at TWU Richmond
Sunday, March 5 at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. at The Cultch, Vancouver