Two really significant events recently in our AXA-funded project “You, me and our Resilience’. Our collaborators from SAFE Pwani visited Cornwall, and the production by GoldenTree coincided on Sunday 27 September in Porthleven. Both the companies have been exploring how people can respond to severe weather in the context of other coastal changes. In Kenya this has involved developing a Forum Theatre piece called Gangavasi, which has been performed in villages on the coast south of Mombasa during August. In UK, a production called ‘Weather the Storm’ was performed at various locations in Portleven, with an invited audience who included actors and directors from SAFE Pwani. The performance took us from a pub-quiz, to experience the dramatic events at Seaview Terrace, where homes were flooded and residents evacuated during a violent storm (see photo above). Exploring loss and grief associated with extreme weather, the show involved actors from GoldenTree (directed by Natalia Erstmann and Will Coleman), beautiful singing by Porthleven Choir, and the participation of fishers, coastguards, publicans and other local residents and stakeholders. It was deeply affecting for the audience, engaging with a range of emotions and stimulating our senses in different ways. It highlighted some of the dilemmas surrounding coastal defence – for example where to draw the line (below) and the multiple strands and stressors, and possible futures for coastal communities in times of rapid change.
Congratulations to all involved in the wonderful shows and thanks for a stim.