Presented By Actors Touring Company

Bodies of Water

27 August- 31 August | Ahoy Centre, Borthwick Street, SE8 RJY

Duration: 40 Mins

“No one leaves home… Unless home is the mouth of a shark”

Sharing the stories of those who have travelled across land and water to seek refuge, the things we think we know and the things we’re told to believe… Opening our hearts and minds to listen, to really listen.   

Staged on the banks of the Thames, this theatrical experience mixes the soul-stirring poetry of Warsan Shire (Beyoncé’s Lemonade and Black is King) with live performance directed by Olivier-winning director Matthew Xia, dramaturgy by Francesca Beard (Post-Truth Apocalypse) and live music by Britain’s most celebrated Oud player Rihab Azar 

Devised with community groups from across South East London, Bodies of Water marks the fourth collaboration between Greenwich+Docklands International Festival and Actors Touring Company following the critically acclaimed sell-out production of The Architect (2023), Family Tree (2021) and 846 Live (2020). 

Bodies of Water is supported by Arts Council England, Royal Borough of Greenwich and FESTIVAL.ORG .

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Actors Touring Company produces international contemporary theatre that travels – making the global, local and the local, global.

ACT are committed to producing international plays; and to touring the work of those global voices throughout  the UK (and beyond).

Matthew Xia, one of British theatre’s most exciting talents, has been Artistic Director for ACT since 2019. Matthew brings with him fresh thinking about the global identities within contemporary British society. Matthew’s work explores voices from the cultures that make up our globe and our nation – and the ways in which they intersect.

More information about Bodies of Water 

The Experience

Performed on the banks of the Thames as the tide comes in, Actors Touring Company’s BODIES OF WATER is based on Warsan Shire’s (Beyoncé’s Lemonade and Black is King ) poem HOME, co-created with local sanctuary seeking people and directed by Oliver-winning director Matthew Xia. 

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