Nanay: a testimonial play

  • Johnston, Caleb (Principal Investigator)

Project Details


Nanay is a testimonial theatre project that engenders public debate about the experiences of Filipino domestic workers who have come to Canada as migrant labourers under the Live-In Caregiver Program. The project transforms conventional qualitative interview transcripts into site-specific documentary theatre. The production premiered at Vancouver’s 2009 PuSh International Performing Arts Festival, and toured internationally to Berlin, presented at the Hebbel Am Ulfer Theatre as part of an international conference focused on the global care chain. With confirmed support from the ESRC and SSHRC, we are currently taking this project to the Philippines, with subsequent planned public forums in Canada and the UK, which will bring together policy makers and advocacy groups. We are assessing this project as a site for examining the politics of migrant labour and the ethics of care. Funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Canada Council for the Arts, British Columbia Arts Council, City of Vancouver, Vancouver Foundation, and Leon Koerner Foundation.
Effective start/end date3/02/07 → 14/06/14


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