The UN Refugee Agency reports 70.8 million people were forcibly displaced by conflict or persecution at the close of 2018.
52% are children.
The culmination of a two-year research project, Children of the Sea is Jay Emmanuel’s new work-of-scale that shares the journeys of young maritime refugees who came to Australia by boat.
Using satire and humour, Children Of The Sea, centres around the stories of four intertwined characters who struggle with ideas of home, identity, adolescence and love as they navigate the absurdities of the adult world in which they drift.
The work will star emerging performers, all from migrant and refugee background, in concert with a youth choir led by Green Room Awarded Composer and Choir Leader Kavisha Mazzella.
A counter-response to one of the most pressing issues humanity is facing right now, the piece asks: What do children do to survive in the face of adversity? What gives them hope? What are the effects of separation from family and friends?