“SECURITY” is a comical and moving tale of unexpected friendship which confronts the issue of security and identity through a fusion of performance poetry, hip hop theatre, movement and song. It’s the chaotic stories of four ordinary characters, four extraordinary people with stories of resilience and evolution. They live in Tottenham but their stories could be about any inner city areas such as London, Handsworth, Liverpool.
In 2009, I was commissioned by The Battersea Arts Centre, Birmingham Repertory Theatre and Apples and Snakes Poetry Organisation to write a show pushing the boundaries of poetry in performance. It took nearly 2 years to write as I had to learn what it meant to come out from behind a microphone as a poet and fill a whole theatre space with the presence of characters i was also responsible for incanting.
Metamorphing between characters, using clever dialogue and challenging myself as a performer and writer, I fused poetic language to a fast-paced and intensely stirring monologue to delivery an engaging one hour five minute show. Post shows, I’d have people telling me they forgot I was a woman when I played the male parts because they were so engrossed in the story. I had to offer tissues for tears.
The Participation work has held the most drama for me, as photography, writing and telling stories are may passion and enabling others to tell their stories is just as satisfying is creating my own.
“Security” is a concept that unites what is real and what is imagined. The entire project includes a book, a film, a workshop program, a forum, a journey.”
“As a performer and writer, Zena Edwards takes storytelling into the twenty-first century.” – Sara Hirsh, Pure Poetry
“Edwards is a superb performer, equally at ease as an elderly Caribbean man, as a would-be teenage MC, Ayleen, or as a lonely 47-year-old Palestinian photographer, Mahmoud.” Lyn Gardner, The Guardian
“I was kind of expecting it to be good and technically impressive.
Well, it’s much better than good – I’d say that if you are interested in spoken word, poetry, story-telling, theatre and or performance arts in general, this is pretty much essential viewing. I laughed and I did cry and moments from the show come back to me with relevance and intensity and I think they will for a long time to come.” – Francesca Beard
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