BBC CSL: COVENTRY X BEIRUT: TRANSNATIONAL LAG EXPRESS
What time is it? 3PM - 4PM
What's going on? BBC Contains Strong Language 2021
Guideline Audience Age Range: 14+
BBC Contains Strong Language 2021 is a partnership between the BBC, Coventry City of Culture Trust, Writing West Midlands and Nine Arches Press, and is supported by Arts Council England, the British Council, Creative Lives and Jerwood Arts.
Twelve writers and artists from Coventry and Beirut explore personal and collective journeys in an amalgamation of poetry, dance, spoken word, live performance and video, as twelve strangers embark on a fictional train ride from Coventry to Beirut and back again. At its height, Lebanon had about 408 km of railway. Yet today, although traces remain, none operate. In the UK, privatised railways are hardly accessible to everyone.
Beyond the physicality, for both cities, trains address questions of ownership, hope, home, youth, stigma, and what their future holds (or doesn’t). The performance presents the collective hive mind the global youth participates in across national borders, and explores how their cities and youth have shaped the world they share.
This work has been created as part of the Youthful Cities cultural exchange programme running through Coventry UK City of Culture, a partnership between Coventry UK City of Culture, the British Council and Youthful Cities.