Border Tales

Year of Production


Touring Dates

7 May 2020 from 7pm

Border Tales is a punchy yet poignant commentary on multicultural Britain using dance, live music and dialogue compiled from the performers’ personal experiences.

Border Tales looks at our country, seen through the eyes of an international cast and gazes satirically on stereotypical thinking and migrant outsiders. Originally created in 2013 and presented in the round, Border Tales was brought back ‘front-end’ in  2016 for the BBC World Service and in 2017 it was presented at Edinburgh Fringe, in what we now know as a ‘post-Brexit’ Britain.

Border Tales focuses on the space between “us” and “them”, with a story told by six party-goers and their host. With an engaging blend of dance, dialogue and live music, the result is a funny, honest and sometimes discomforting commentary on stereotypical thinking and casual racism, portraying Britain as a place where the novelty of cultural diversity has worn off, fusion is starting to taste bland and harmonious living has become rather tricky.

“The desire to bring back this piece of work created in 2013 comes primarily from the moment we are living in…I feel it is important to bring back these simple yet relevant tales of migration and identity, to both remember the past and to reflect about today.” Luca Silvestrini

Running time: 75 minutes

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‘A bold, visceral dynamic attempt to show the lives of multicultural Britain today'
North West End
"Funny, thought-provoking and consistently entertaining, Border Tales celebrates our differences, acknowledges our sameness and does more to repair the rifts than politics ever could."
The Scotsman
‘Surrounded by timpani of all shapes and sizes (Anthar Kharana) creates sounds of heartbreaking beauty and savage excitement.’
Sunday Express


Temitope Ajose-Cutting

Eryck Brahmania

Stephen Moynihan

Yuyu Rau

Kenny Wing Tao Ho

Anthar Kharana

Andrew Gardiner

Salah El Brogy

Production Credits

Conceived and Directed by
Performed and devised by
Devised by the original cast with
Music composed by
Additional music by
Lighting design
Costume stylist
Assistants to the Director
Production Manager
Sound Engineer
Promo trailer by
Photos by
Commissioned by

Tour History

Ramallah Contemporary Dance Festival, Palestine

7 April 2019

The Lowry, Salford

29 March 2019 as a 'Brexit Special'

Sogang University, Seoul, South Korea

12 June 2018

Octavian Goga National College, Sibiu, Romania

12 June 2018

Zeughaus Kulture, Brig, Switzerland

24-26 May 2018

Associazione culturale Filieradarte, Turin, Italy

8 May 2018

Norwich Playhouse, Norwich

5 May 2018

Stantonbury Theatre, Stantonbury

1 May 2018

Leicester Grammar School, Leicester

30 April 2018

South Hill Park, Bracknell

25 April 2018

Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry

23 & 24 April 2018

The Albany, Deptford, London

19 April 2018

Teatro delle Muse, Ancona, Italy

24 November 2017

ARC Stockton Arts Centre, Stockton-upon-Tees

21 November 2017

The Place, London

14-18 November 2017

Curve, Leicester

11 November 2017

Lakeside Theatre, Nottingham

10 November 2017

Forest Arts Centre, Hampshire

9 November 2017

Mumford Theatre, Anglia Ruskin Univeristy, Cambridge

8 November 2017

The House, Plymouth

4 November 2017

Pavilion Dance South West, Bournemouth

3 November 2017

The Point, Eastleigh

2 November 2017

Summerhall, Edinburgh

4-26 August 2017 part of Edinburgh Fringe Festival

BBC Radio Theatre, London

18 April 2016 part of BBC World Service's Identity

For Promoters

Are you a venue or promoter wanting to book Border Tales?
Check out our Border Tales Promoters Pack.
We look forward to hearing from you.

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