Presented by Birmingham 2022 Festival
Where Are You? is a hybrid theatre production for families that tells the story of two penpals, Rochi in Bearwood (UK) and Abena in Dzorwulu (Ghana), who embark on a perilous journey across land, mountains, sea, and bridges, courting danger and adventure in order to meet each other in the middle. It is our second international collaboration with Black Country Touring (UK).
The creative team crossed both locations and included Emelia Pinamang Asiedu, a theatremaker, performer and the Director of ATW; Rochi Rampal, a Birmingham-based theatremaker, writer and performer; Sabrina Nabi, a Birmingham-based performer; David Addo Gyan, an Accra-based music composer and sound designer; Michael Ellis, a Birmingham-based filmmaker; Andrew Dartey, an Accra-based illustrator and digital animator; and Abigail King, a Sandwell based theatre designer.
The show took place on 17th and 18th June 2022 and was staged simultaneously at J-CLU School of Arts, Accra, Ghana, and Bear Bookshop, Bearwood, UK. It was connected through a live stream and featured a mix of live performance, pre-recorded performance and animation.
The show was accompanied by a beautifully illustrated children’s book written by the creative team and illustrated by Lena Korsah. A standalone film based on the book was also produced:
Cover Illustration: Lena A. Korsah Photographs: Andrew Dartey
Where Are You? was produced by Accra Theatre Workshop and Black Country Touring, commissioned by Birmingham 2022 Festival, and generously supported by the British Council.