Brite Theater's (Can This Be) Home reaches out to 'offer more viewpoints than our personal ones'
- Gareth K Vile
- 8 March 2019
Artistic director Kolbrún Björt Sigfúsdóttir discusses the timely production
At the time of writing, the outcome of Brexit is still in doubt, making Brite Theater's (Can This Be) Home perhaps the most timely production of the next three months. Artistic director Kolbrún Björt Sigfúsdóttir is aware of the show's immediacy. 'We started making this show the summer before the vote, because it scared us,' She explains. 'So we made a show about what it's like being new to a country and why you stay, as well as the benefits for UK citizens being able to travel freely. It was a plea. Then when the results were in, we knew the show had to change.'
Taking advantage of theatre's mutability, the company adapted the show in the light of subsequent events; this version is the fourth iteration yet each one has dealt with the uncertainty of the status of migrants, especially EU nationals, and reaches out to 'offer more viewpoints than our personal ones'. With Brite Theater's restless dramaturgy (Sigfúsdóttir notes that 'there isn't really a "usual" for us') placing music at the show's centre, (Can This Be) Home is a dynamic and thoughtful questioning of what has become a divisive debate about the UK's sense of identity, inclusion and the importance of political engagement.
'We will know by the time we perform in Scotland if we are truly leaving the EU,' Sigfúsdóttir concludes. 'Dealing with that in a public space will be an experience. If you come and feel like we are wrong, that would be great too. At least you've listened for an hour to a point of view that's not your own.'
Tron Theatre, Glasgow, Thu 14–Sat 16 Mar; Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, Thu 28 Mar.