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The Walk- Coventry Embraces

Date: 27 October 2021

Location: Coventry University - University Square Priory St, Coventry CV1 5FB

Time: 19:00 - 20:30

Cost: £0.00

Produced and presented in Coventry by Coventry City of Culture Trust.

At the heart of The Walk is ‘Little Amal’, a 3.5 metre-tall puppet of a young refugee girl, created by the acclaimed Handspring Puppet Company. Representing all displaced children, many separated from their families, Little Amal will have walked across Turkey, Greece, Italy, France, Switzerland, Germany, Belgium and the UK, heading for a finale event in Manchester, England in November 2021. She will travel a remarkable 8,000km in total, celebrating the power of art and shared humanity wherever she goes. 

At this time of unprecedented global change, The Walk is an artistic response: a cultural odyssey transcending borders, politics and language to tell a new story of shared humanity – and to ensure the world doesn’t forget the millions of displaced children, each with their own story.

Coventry welcomes little Amal.

After walking through the city, Little Amal will witness the first Children’s Citizenship Ceremony and Celebration, designed by and for the young people of Coventry. 

The evening is a theatre performance, featuring sound, light and choreography. The dusk brings a moment of reflection for Little Amal; she remembers how far she’s come from her home and how much she’s learned. Amal remembers her hometown and is reminded that she will always have a place in Coventry. 

Trigger Warnings: Please note, the performance contains flashing lights, haze, pyrotechnics, bombing effects and loud noises.

Good Chance, Stephen Daldry, David Lan and Tracey Seaward and Naomi Webb present a Good Chance Theatre Production in association with Handspring Puppet Company produced and presented in Coventry by Coventry City of Culture Trust and Emergency Exit Arts.  Directed by Sita Thomas.

Supported by funding from Spirit of 2012.

Image: Andre Liohn

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