Workshop for Adults and Professionals

Children's Theatre and the Refugee Crisis

A symposium exploring how theatre for children can respond to the current crisis, drawing on both academic and practice-based perspectives. 

About the Event

In the first part of this symposium, the scholar Emine Fisek will give a paper called ‘Of Raids and Revolts: Representing Deportation in Children's Theatre’. This will be followed by a Q and A with theatre practitioners working in this area.

A collaboration between Baboró International Arts Festival for Children and Drama and Theatre Studies at NUI Galway


Iva Moberg - Associate Director NIE Iva graduated from The State Theatre School in Prague in 2001 (MA). She has worked with numerous theatres in Czech Republic, Norway and Europe. In 2001 she co-founded NIE and has since been an Associate Director, an Actor and a Producer in the company. Iva has performed in 10 NIE performances and has been producing NIE’s international tours around the world and across Norway for the last 16 years.

Fionnuala Gygax Fionnuala is an actor and theatre-maker from Dublin. She is interested in making ambitious contemporary work which interrogates form and spans genre and disciplines. Recent performance credits include The Shitstorm (Maeve Stone, Peacock Theatre), Toraíocht (Mikel Murfi), The Seagull and Other Birds and Cascando(Gavin Quinn, Pan Pan Theatre), HOSTEL 16 (Raymond Keane) and Eipic (Louise Ní Fhiannachta, TG4). Writing credits include HOSTEL 16 (Dublin Fringe 2016), Homebirds (Smock Alley), and libretto of Opera Theatre Company’s first 24 hour opera (Chocolate Factory). She is currently developing a show for young audiences, Boy In The Boat, supported by Shortworks Network. She was awarded a FUEL residency with Druid in 2015. This year she was nominated for the Stewart Parker writing award for HOSTEL 16. Fionnuala was a participant on the Belltable Theatre-Maker Mentorship in 2017. In 2016, she was chosen as one of 3 Irish artists to participate on a 4 day residency in Munich to interrogate art and politics as part of Europoly festival. Fionnuala is a participant on The Next Stage as part of Dublin Theatre Festival 2017.

Jonathan Gunning is a co-founder of Clowns Without Borders Ireland.  Jonathan studied at Ecole Jacques Lecoq before touring around the world with various theatre companies. He is recognised in Galway for his work with The Gombeens, Branar Téatar, and Macnas for whom he is a performance director. Clowns Without Borders Ireland are a volunteer organisation who perform for children in crisis in Ireland and throughout the world. They work in refugee camps, areas of conflict, disease, and natural disaster, using laughter to relieve the suffering of children and their guardians. This year marks their 10th anniversary.

Children's Theatre and the Refugee Crisis
Made possible with the support of the Creative Ireland Programme