DOI: 10.5040/9781784605421.00000002
Acts: 2. Scenes: 29. Roles: Male (10) , Female (6) , Neutral (1)

Tena Štivičić's play Invisible is a drama about migration and the world in flux. It was originally developed at the National Theatre Studio, London, and co-produced by Transport and New Wolsey Theatre. It was first performed at the New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich, on 13 October 2011.

The play weaves together several stories of migration and cultural dislocation. Lara left home convinced that hard work and talent would reward her with a better life. Anton was forced to leave his village and finds himself suspended sixteen floors above a city cleaning windows. Malik stands on a beach and looks out towards a country where women apparently walk around half-naked. Felix, a young businessman with a pretty wife and a lucrative future, finds it difficult to get out of bed in the mornings. Amid the world of visas and wind turbines, commuter flights and nightclubs, fairy tales and tabloid press, a chance meeting drives disparate lives towards a chilling point of no return.

In a preface to the published script, theatre writer and academic Synne K. Behrndt writes: 'Invisible attempts to imagine the faces, the bodies and the individual human experiences, the "human scale" behind the statistics. Who are the people who leave their homelands month by month and find themselves in a new and disorientating context? And how may their experience be juxtaposed with the human consequences for globalisation’s "other half"? Finally, how does living in a world on the move shape the individual sense of identity and belonging?'

The New Wolsey Theatre production was directed by Douglas Rintoul and designed by Hayley Grindle. It was performed by Liam Bergin, Anna Elijasz, Jon Foster, Krystian Godlewski, Gracy Goldman, Mark Jax and Bridgitta Roy.

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Nick Hern Books

Tena Štivičić

ISBN: 9781848422360

Series: NHB Modern Plays

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