Best of Brighton Fringe 2018: POST

This warm, inviting solo performance celebrates the migrant experience, delving into the construction of national identity and the notions of borders and nationalism in a changing socio-political climate.

Performer Xavier de Sousa invites audiences to eat, drink and challenge what a ‘nation’ is nowadays as he celebrates the freedom of movement: the mixing of cultures and identities, of experiences and world views. The performance asks what a national identity is today and reflects on borders as protective systems, asking us who they protect us from, what they represent and what they are reinforcing.

Xavier de Sousa said: “POST came as a direct response to the rhetoric employed around migration and refugees in the UK and across mainland Europe. It was essentially my way of re-gaining some sense, some pride and joy in the word and the lived experience that being a migrant provides you with.

“Since moving to England, I have always questioned what ‘national identity’ might mean, and certainly why we have to confine ourselves with a passport mainly due to where we were born? The place where you are born is merely coincidental. What you have around you, what you learn and what you become, those are what defines us. I use British history in the show to illustrate how the concept of ‘national identity’ is an oppressive social control vehicle hence the name POST which proposes to explore what ‘post-nationality’ might be. Or as Theresa May might call it ‘citizenship of nowhere’.

POST comes to Brighton’s Marlborough Theatre on the 20 and 31 May, and 1 June.

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