From the Sky to Your Hands

From The Sky to Your Hands pic

World Premiere
A Live Theatre Production
Told by Joana Geronimo
Written by Juliana Mensah
Directed by Paul James
Designed by Alison Ashton

“I tell him that you don’t know what I have been through…for us to be here. You have to work hard. Nothing comes from the sky to your hands…”

Joana came to Newcastle with her baby son, Osvaldo, from Angola in 2003.

In 2008 Joana took part in From Home To Newcastle, a Live Theatre verbatim piece about asylum seekers and refugees. Almost ten years later this new play catches up with Joana – how have things changed for her and her family, including Osvaldo, now a typical Geordie teenager?

Performed by Joana herself alongside actors from Live’s Youth Theatre, From the Sky to Your Hands tells, in their own words and with music and humour, a story of parenthood, longing and belonging.

Part of the Freedom City Festival, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the award of an honorary doctorate by Newcastle University to Martin Luther King, the show touches on festival themes of racism, poverty and freedom.

Freedom City 2017 is a city-wide programme marking the 50th anniversary of Dr Martin Luther King Jr. receiving an honorary degree from Newcastle University. Freedom City 2017 takes place at venues and public spaces across Newcastle and Gateshead throughout the year. For more information, visit www.freedomcity2017.com

Meet the Creative Team
Thursday 9 November (after 7.30pm show)
Joana, the writer, director and cast discuss bringing Joana’s story to the stage and issues raised in the play with representatives from charities that work with refugees in the region.

FREE, with ticket for that evening’s show

Suitable for Artsmark visits.