Border Stories

The Light Theatre Company presents BORDER STORIES

 Border Stories is a powerful 90 minute coming together of poetry, song and spoken word on the themes of immigration and homelessness.

With poetry and a drama written by Hungarian born writer Csilla Toldy, music by singer songwriter Fil Campbell and performance by Belfast based actress Vicky Blades, these stories cross borders physically and emotionally and leave scope for discussion afterwards in the careful hands of former Irish News political journalist William K Graham.

The show opens on International Women’s Day in An Cuan, ROSTREVOR, Sunday 8th March 6-8pm

And continues to NEWCASTLE, Shimna College Thursday 12th March, 4.30-6.30pm NEWRY, Sticky Fingers Theatre Friday 13th March 6-8pm

A project supported by the European Union’s PEACE IV Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB) – entrance free.

Emigration and displacement have been a common theme in Europe for centuries. And homelessness has been the consequence in many cases. Borders have been moved and are still being reconsidered. People migrated for work, to flee hostile regimes, to find a better life for themselves and their families, and to settle in a new home. The Emigrant Woman’s Tale and Bananas! give food for thought and an insight into one woman’s journey from East to West and West to East, inspired by stories of transformation shared by people who have turned their lives around after having been homeless for many months. The performance will be followed by an open mic discussion chaired by political journalist William K Graham.

“A journey that crosses borders on maps and in minds in search of that elusive place called home.” Colum Sands, BBC Radio Ulster Further information –;

Border Stories includes excerpts from the Emigrant Woman’s Tale and Bananas! The Emigrant Woman’s Tale: Csilla Toldy escaped from Communist Hungary as a teenager. Fil Campbell grew up on the Irish border. In the Emigrant Woman’s Tale through a collaboration of poetry and song, they explore the contrasts and common themes of two lives at opposite ends of Europe.

“These are captivating stories beautifully woven in poetry and song. …not to be missed”- Fiddlers Green Festival, Rostrevor Bananas!

This 30 minute play is performed with audience interaction. ‘Bananas!’ was inspired by stories of transformation shared by people who have turned their lives around after having been homeless for many months. Early one morning Agnes is on her round giving out free healthy breakfast in the streets of Belfast. She walks into a garden and is prompted to tell stories of homelessness and growth….. It is written by Csilla Toldy, performed by actress Vicky Blades and directed by Alistair Livingstone. Bananas! was a result of an East Side Arts/Terra Nova Food for Thought project in Belfast, which culminated in a work in progress performance to a limited audience on 9th February 2018 in Belfast.


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