Dialogues is an umbrella project encapsulating all the Theatre Royal Plymouth’s work with the refugee and asylum seeker communities in Plymouth.
The 2001 census showed that only 2% of Plymouth’s population were from a black and minority ethnic group, with small numbers representing a wide variety of backgrounds. In 2002 the Home Office designated Plymouth as a dispersal centre for asylum seekers which resulted in a sharp increase in numbers, meaning that Plymouth bore a rapid and dramatic change in demographic with some communities finding it difficult to adjust. Negative press stories relating to asylum seekers in Plymouth exacerbated the issue, with many communities facing racism and discrimination due to a lack of understanding and experience.
Dialogues was developed in response to this, the aim being to enable refugees and people seeking asylum in Plymouth to build their confidence to share their stories and experiences with other communities, enhancing cohesion, and to access services in the city, including arts provision.
Over the years Dialogues has adapted to reflect the shifting demographic of the city and the needs of refugees and asylum seekers within it. As Dialogues continues to develop we work in partnership with many other agencies and organisations who work with refugees and asylum seekers in the city, including Plymouth and District Racial Equality Council, Plymouth Centre for Faith and Cultural Diversity and Cornwall Refugee Support Council.
Please check out the menu items below for information about each of our Dialogues projects past and present.