Provisional Figures is the name used in statistical studies to classify all migrants whose situation and status is undefined or provisional and who are currently working in the United Kingdom.
Provisional Figures crowns a two-year research process with the Portuguese community living in Great Yarmouth (United Kingdom), and invites audiences to reflect on identity and migration issues in an urban context severely hit by the economic crisis and consequent social unrest.
Although relatively unknown in Portugal, the darkest years of the economic crisis (2009-2014) were the height of this migration boom, which saw the large food processing plants (turkeys and chickens) in this Norfolk area as its ultimate destination, an area particularly hard hit by unemployment. Taking advantage of the decline of this coastal town, once a preferred holiday resort for the British, plants in the region took the accommodation available in hotels and semi-abandoned caravan sites as an opportunity for housing their new workers.
Distant in time and space from the great migration waves to France and Germany at the end of the Second World War, when approximately one million and a half Portuguese emigrated to escape hunger and unemployment, the Portuguese emigration to Great Yarmouth differs fundamentally from its precedent. A continually moving mass of the so-called “flexible work”, emerging as a response to the demands of new economic systems.
After working closely in Great Yarmouth with nine inhabitants of various nationalities over several months, Marco Martins brings us a show based on an original idea by Renzo Barsotti, disclosing the individual testimonials of those who personally experience this period of uncertainty, exploring the contradictions of human behaviour and the nature of the relationships between men and other animals.
director Marco Martins
concept and dramaturgy Marco Martins
original idea Renzo Barsotti
text collaboration Gonçalo M. Tavares and Isabela Figueiredo
other texts Antonio Sant’Elia, Fernando Pessoa, Filippo T. Marinetti, Guillaume Apollinaire, J.M.Coetzee, James Bloodworth, Jean-Luc Godard, John L’Heureux, Karl Marx, Mark Twain, Mierle Laderman Ukeles, Steven Millhauser e Yvonne Rainer
cast Ana Moreira (Portugal), Ivan Ammon (Slovenia), Maria do Carmo Ferreira (Portugal), Pedro Cassimo (Mozambique), Peter Dewar (England), Richard Raymond (England), Robert Elliot (England), Sérgio Cardoso de Pinho (Portugal), Victoria River (England)
set designer Fernando Ribeiro
light designer Nuno Meira
sound designer Sérgio Milhano
director’s assistant Rita Quelhas
research consultant Zé Pires
photographer André Cepeda, James Bass, Marco Martins and Sofia Bernardo
movement and theatre workshops Nuno Lopes, Sara Carinhas, Romeu Runa and Victor Hugo Pontes
production CCTAR – Centro de Criação para o Teatro e Artes de Rua
production director Sofia Bernardo
production’s assistant Paula Coelho
graphic design Studio Pyramid
translation and subtitles Tradioma, Gab. de Tradução e Interpretação, Lda.
artistic director / chief executive Joe Mackintosh
staff Angelica Urfano, Becca Clayton, Darren Cross, Denise George, Emily Phillips, Linda Willis, Nikolay Atanasov, Rima Kaminskaite, Sharon Sands, Siobhan Johnson, Taraneh Jahanpour and Veronica Stephens
first performed 25th May 2018, Norfolk & Norwich Festival, Drill House, Great Yarmouth
creation CCTAR – Centro de Criação para o Teatro e Artes de Rua
co-production República Portuguesa – Cultura / Direção-Geral das Artes, Instituto Camões, Maria Matos Teatro Municipal, Teatro Municipal do Porto, SeaChange Arts
sponsors Brighton Festival, Norfolk & Norwich Festival & Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (UK Branch), Arts Council England
internationalization support Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian
online artistic residency :raum / Curated by Liliana Coutinho
acknowledgments Embassy of Portugal in the United Kingdom, Mariana Fonseca, Guilherme Branquinho, André Príncipe, Sr. Joaquim, Samuel and Daniela from Galante Cafe Restaurant & Bar, Rita Arnaut and Arena Ensemble