Under Canvas is an installation and audio exploration of stories of childbirth in refugee camps.
Originally commissioned as part of the 2016 B!rth Festival, at the Royal Exchange, Take Back Theatre approached 14 writers to respond to the direct stories, research and interviews that they had collated, during their time spent volunteering within camps in Calais and Dunkirk.
Following this period of research and exploration, Take Back Theatre collaborated with textile artist, Laura Faithfull to transform a tent into an installation; the outer panels based on the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. The tent examines statelessness in refugee camps and the stories of mothers who have given birth in these camps.
The tent has also been a part of the Reveal Festival at Bolton Library (in conjunction with Octagon Theatre Bolton); Theatre in The Quarter, Chester (as part of The Lost Boy); a part of the TapRA Conference at University of Salford; and a part of Belonging at Hope Mill Theatre, with University of Manchester Migration Lab.