Rachael applied for the Migration Lab with a desire to develop ideas and discussion around her new production, Paper Memories. She was invited by Imaginate to perform an early stage sharing of Paper Memories as part of the PUSH programme at Edinburgh International Children's Festival in June 2018.
"Rachael Macintyre, through her company Jabuti Theatre, will be directing a new work for children age 7+ written by Mariem Omari, called Paper Memories. Paper Memories is an exciting visual performance about migration, identity and the power of memories. With aerial-dance, puppetry and music we will be brought into the bright and colourful memories of Salma; a refugee arriving in Scotland with her family. At first her memories are silenced, until her family realises the only way to stay together, it to give Salma back her voice and to allow all of them to remember.
Created by Mariem Omari and Rachael Macintyre, Paper Memories takes the audience on a visual journey exploring the importance of giving children the space to be heard and how our memories can make us who we are.
As well as Jon and Niroshini from the PUSH Migration Lab, Rachael will also be collaborating with movement director Skye Reynolds, lighting designer Simon Wilkinson and composer and sound designer Nik Paget-Tomlinson.
Paper Memories will tour Scotland in spring 2019 as part of the Puppet Animation Festival. In addition to the tour, and as part of the development of Paper Memories, Jabuti Theatre has been running workshops with Syrian and Syrian Kurdish refugee children and families through Multi-Cultural Family Base, Edinburgh Council and Maryhill Integration Network. These workshops have been made possible by Creative Scotland, Scottish Refugee Council and Glasgow Life.
A huge thank you also to Farah Saleh, Claricia Kruithof, Claire Crook and Jennifer Street who took part during the development process and also to Imaginate, The Ark and all of the PUSH Migration Lab artists."