WHERE TO BELONG
What makes a home for you?
Victor Esses is Jewish-Lebanese, Brazilian, and gay.
In 1975, Victor's mother flees Lebanon as a refugee of the Civil War.
In 2017, Victor visits Lebanon for the first time.
In 2018, amidst the elections that will see Brazil choose a far-right president, he travels from London to São Paulo to show his partner the city of his childhood.
Where to Belong is the tender, moving story of these journeys; an exploration of how to find your place in a rich and complex world of identities.
Shortlisted for the Emerge Performance Prize
Developed and in association with CASA Festival and Rich Mix
Performed at Oxford Playhouse, Harlow Playhouse, The Place Bedford, Chapter Cardiff, HOME Manchester, Southwark Playhouse (CASA Festival), Rich Mix, The Cockpit (VOILA! Europe Festival), and Summerhall (Edinburgh Fringe Fest).
WHERE TO BELONG IS AVAILABLE FOR TOURING IN 2021.
"funny and heart-warming (...) Esses' achievement is how he makes what might at first seem a remote or unfamiliar experience immediately accessible." A Younger Theatre * * * *
"Something that will stay with you (...) and you will open your heart." Britishtheatre.com * * * *
"There is a delightful softness to Esses, both in his performance style and writing. Where to Belong is a small, intensely intimate show. There is real tenderness here and emotional connection. (...) He has created a quiet, tender tear-jerker of a play that moves those watching to question who they are willing to embrace." The Stage
Written and performed by Victor Esses
Set/costume design and visuals - Yorgos Petrou
Lighting Designer - David Doyle (Summerhall)
Pablo Fernandez Baz (Southwark Playhouse, Rich Mix)
Assistant Director - Fernanda de Moura
Stage Manager - Lucy Morris and Fernanda de Moura
Producers - Jennifer Lunn
Ellie Keel Productions (Summerhall)
Production shots - Alex Brenner and Holly Revell