LA BOITE AND MDA LTD PRESENT
A RETURN SEASON
Ordinary people in extraordinary situations.
Following a sell-out premiere season in 2017, The Village returns, inviting wider audiences to experience the compelling real stories of refugees and people seeking asylum.
The Village showcases the cultural diversity of Australia and honours the courage, strength and determination of the women, men and children who have made Australia their new home.
This interactive performance experience allows audiences to witness first-hand the verbatim stories of ordinary people who have found themselves in extraordinary situations and persevered to tell their life-changing stories.
“Heart-warming and eye opening; it helps to understand humanity and how we see each other.” – Audience Member, 2017
Cast & creatives
Storytellers Cievash Arean, Arwin Arwin, Silva Asal, Joyce Taylor, Lili Sanchez & Ngoc Phan
Director Todd MacDonald
Assistant Directors Ayeesha Ash & Silva Asal
Assistant Creative Aleea Monsour
Designer Moe Assaad
Sound Designer Wil Hughes
Meet Assistant Creative Aleea Monsour
Aleea is an emerging independent artist and community theatre practitioner from Brisbane, Queensland. She is passionate about the power of theatre and the arts as an agent for change and being able to engage with people from all walks of life. She is personally inspired to engage with the stories of communities and in particular the voices of women and young people in theatre and art.
Recently she has been working as the researcher, director, writer and producer of ‘Remembering Palestine’, a verbatim theatre project that shares the stories of four Palestinian women now living in Brisbane, Australia. She currently Tutors a creative industries subject at QUT. In 2016, she completed a residency with Blast Theory in Brighton, United Kingdom. She was Project Manager for Maryborough Regional Council’s youth performance group penned the ‘Stuff and Nonsense Ensemble’. Aleea was employed by Metro Arts as a collaborating artist on tour through regional Queensland with ‘A Library for the End of the World’. She has also recently worked as stage manager for ‘Hot Brown Honey Burlesque’, collaborator on ‘The Whispering Woods’ and undertook an internship in Gladstone, Queensland for ‘Boomtown’ with Queensland Music Festival.
Aleea has taught extra-curricular Speech and Drama for the past three years as well as facilitating and directing performance outcomes for her students. She believes theatre productions is a particularly powerful tool for marginalised voices to be heard and for communities to reconnect throughout the process.
Aleea is Assistant Creative on The Village – for the season at La Boite and also at Festival 2018. Welcome to the team Aleea.