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Taking 'time out' to find peace through performance

A play to help war-torn communities in the former Yugoslavia heal their rifts has been brought from Bosnia to the UK by performing arts research fellow Dr Jim Mirrione. Time Out, written by Zlatko Topcic and directed by Dr Mirrione, was performed by actors from Sarajevo in Leeds and London in September. It comes to the University’s Powerhouse1 theatre in Wakefield on October 1.

The play will form a double bill with Photographs from S-21 written and directed by French-American playwright Catherine Filloux. Both plays focus on the psychological scars left by civil war.

“By bringing these plays to international audiences and enabling artistic co-operation between actors and institutions in the UK and in the former Yugoslavia we hope to empower artists to challenge the destructive tendencies of myth, nationalism, prejudice and corruption that can lead to war,” said Dr Mirrione (left).

“While the conflicts inherent in both these plays are separated by culture, geography and time, they are similar in the tragic consequences that war and genocide can inflict upon peoples and societies.”
In Time Out, two physically handicapped Bosnian war veterans attempt to come to terms with the war, their past and the women left behind in the conflict, through a fantasy game of wheelchair basketball.
The plays were also performed at the Royal Armouries, the West Yorkshire Playhouse, the Gate Theatre, London and at the Riverside Studios in London.

The Royal Armouries will stage another production of Time Out next year using third-year drama students from the University’s Bretton campus.

For tickets for the October 1 performance in Wakefield, call 01924 383543.

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