“War and terror on a daily basis. No other choice but to leave my home, my country to escape”
Just one of the stories that Senior Managers Laura and Anthony Evans heard on their travels to Jordan. The purpose of the trip was to meet an inclusive theatre group based in Za’atari Refugee Camp in Jordan, Mark of Hope, which is run by young men and women from Syria.
During their visit Laura and Anthony heard many personal stories from the members of the group and others around the refugee camp. Struck by these stories Laura and Anthony returned to the UK, eager to find a way to give the young leaders from Mark of Hope an opportunity to share their personal experiences of being a refugee. Epic Arts will be providing ongoing advice and support about inclusive arts to the leaders of Mark of Hope.
‘Exodus’, is the first project of a new partnership project with Mark of Hope which began after we were approached by Jill Taylor of Lichfield Mysteries, a large scale Community Arts Project in Lichfield (UK)
Litchfield Mysteries asked us to create a film and music performance based on the theme of ‘Exodus’.Through Skype and Email Mark of Hope and Epic Arts worked with film production company Junction 15, creating a short film produced by the young people in the camp to accompany the song, ‘Resplendent at the Cenotaph’ by Lichfield born, Kathleen Gentles and fellow musician Nora Mulready.
The film will be shown alongside live performances of ‘Resplendent at the Cenotaph’ as part of the Lichfield Mysteries Community Arts Project on Sunday 1st May and Monday 2nd May.