This Is Foreign

What is ‘Foreign’?

Is it anything that excludes one’s own?

If we define foreign as an exclusiveness to one’s own, does a multilingual and multicultural society consist of individual exclusiveness?

This Is Foreign explores how two people navigate the ongoing exchange of different cultures and languages within a relationship. This is a collaboration between Lucy and her partner Rufino, who is a non trained performer.

Rufino was born in Sheffield, raised in Mexico and speaks Spanish and English fluently. Lucy was born and raised in Sheffield, speaks English fluently and Spanish very little. Born in the same hospital but raised 5,000 miles apart, they met when Rufino moved to study in Sheffield, the place that was home until age 3. Because their relationship began in the UK, english is the dominant language but when they visit Mexico there is an obvious shift in dynamic as we switch to speaking Spanish.

This Is Foreign explores themes of translation, language barriers and verbal and non-verbal communication. The work challenges the perception of ‘foreignness’ and what defines something or someone as foreign and what doesn’t. It asks audiences to reflect on their understanding of barriers in a multilingual and multicultural society.

This is a work in progress and is a development of previous solo project Ruido. This piece has developed using a process that centres the couples experience and is a two person vision based on own lived personal observation but speaks of the wider socio political context.

“The Love Migration Project is an innovative approach in the study of migration and personal life which will provide insight into how couples understand and experience their relationships in migratory contexts” – The Love Migration Project, Yvonne Salt Phd

Developing as a live theatre piece, This Is Foreign was selected for CAST Theatre’s digital scratch night, producing the below film.

Created by Lucy Haighton and Rufino Bolado

Supported by CAST Theatre

Digital mentoring support : Wayne Sables

Read blog post of creative process here