MEET THE ALIENS
Lara Parmiani - Founder/Artistic Director - founded the LegalAliens Theatre in 2011 to provide a platform for foreign-born and migrant artists to express their unique perspectives.
Since then the company has collaborated with a variety of artists and theatre-makers, each bringing their original practice and point of view. LegalAliens can rely on a pool of over 20 artists from all over the world.
At the core of LegalAliens' vision is a theatre that includes migrants as artists, creatives, participants and audiences and foregrounds creative women, onstage and off.
Based in Haringey, one of London's most diverse boroughs, our goal is to harness our city's diversity and create theatre that reflects the complex intersection between migrant and international.
Our style blends Brecht's socio-political theatre with a captivating visual approach incorporating text, multimedia, and physical theatre. Our shows are imaginative and unafraid to tackle sensitive themes but with irony,
humanity, and great theatricality.
We have also pioneered a rehearsal-based translation methodology foregrounding the importance of the original language in the English text, resulting in productions of foreign plays that never erase the culture that created them.
Since 2018, we have created a free, safe, weekly space at The Engine Room in Tottenham Hale for migrants and refugees to make theatre together. This project, unique in the U.K., has earned us Theatre of Sanctuary status.
We are proud to have solidarity and inclusion as our core mission.
Haringey Welcome is a grassroots group dedicated to fighting for fairness and equality for all.
Migrants in Theatre
We’re cofounder of the first U.K. wide organisation dedicated to lobbying for inclusion and representation of migrants on British stages
Migrant Dramaturgies Network
A Transnational collective of theatre professionals, researchers and cultural workers developed in partnership with New Tides Platform
Migration Matters is a festival taking place every June during refugee week in Sheffield
Foreign Affairs is a migrant led company dedicated to producing plays in translation
Exchange Theatre is a migrant led company dedicated to international and bilingual work
The Engine Room Tottenham
The Engine Room Tottenham Hale is at once a church, a community centre, a café and a nursery all in one location in the heart of Hale Village
Haringey Adult Learning
Haringey Learns is a free adult education programme helping residents upskill, change career paths, or do something different later in life.
Counterpoints Art is an organisation dedicated to promoting and supporting refugee and migrant artist
New Diorama Theatre
New Diorama is the most influential studio theatre in the UK, creating new theatre that tours to audiences across the world.
Barons Court Theatre
The Barons Court Theatre is W14's local theatre with a global perspective - offering dynamic revivals and new writing, live music, comedy, and magic.
Our Partners & Supporters
Performance Maker/Director: Becka McFadden
Assistant Director/Workshop Leader: Angela Poulima
Creative Producer: Amy Sze
Facilitators: Sara Corso Hester Welch
Projection Design: Edalia Day
Actors: Luiana Bonfim, Yasmeen Ghrawi, Emmanuela Lia, Mark Ota, Fed Zanni, Stelios Stravos, Stasha Dulic
Designers: Julien Bernard-Grau, Laura Rouzet, Cieranne Kennedy-Bell, Edalia Day, Jesus Leon
Creatives: Eva Daníčkova (dramaturg), Jon Millington (Assistant Director), Deidan Williams (Playwright)
Web Design: Daiva Dominyka
Graphic Design: Yonekura Miku
Production Assistant: Milly Sattamino