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Transport started with a production of David Greig's Europe, a co-production between the Barbican and Dundee Rep. Theatre in 2007. After a sabbatical the company relaunched in 2010 and realised the arts platform Low&High (2011) in a disused shop in east Folkestone. Running for three months this included the making of a new devised piece Elegy that rehearsed in full-view of the public. Inspired by interviews with gay Iraqi refugees it premiered at the Quarterhouse Folkestone before playing the Edinburgh Festival Fringe (2011), Theatre503 (2012) Fundamental Monodrama Festival, Luxembourg (2013) and VAULTFestival (2015). It was nominated for a Fringe First, two Off West End Awards and won artistic director Douglas Rintoul a Royal National Theatre Foundation Playwright Award. It has been translated into three languages and received productions in Madrid, Mexico, Australia and Brazil.

 

In 2011 the company commissioned Invisible a new play by Croatia’s leading playwright Tena Štivicic. Touring the UK for seven weeks it platformed hidden narratives from the UK’s migrant population and was described as 'Powerful…puts the flesh and bones on the statistics about migration' The Guardian. In the same year the company devised a version of The Edge with third year students at Royal Central School of Speech and drama, performing the show at the New Diorama.

 

In 2012 the company travelled to India on a British Council grant to collaborate with the Kolkata based dance theatre company Ranan undertaking action research in the Sundarbans to develop a new piece.

 

In 2013 the company devised 1001 Nights for the Unicorn Theatre and toured the show throughout the UK in 2014. A modern adaptation of Arabian Nights for young people, it tells the story of a young Syrian refugee coming to Britain. It was nominated for the Off West End Award for Best Production for Young People.

 

The same year Transport won House's Contemporary Classic Commission and produced a reimagining of Shakespeare’s As You Like It. Research with students of Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and rehearsed in Folkestone with an international cast of nine it toured to 24 venues in the UK and Europe winning actor Fisayo Akinade a nomination for the prestigious Ian Charleston Award.

 

In 2015 the company made and toured The Edge, a piece exploring sea level rise, inspired by research in the river delta of the Sundarbans in India and in their home town on the South East coast of England.

 

In 2016 the company realised digital versions of their projects Elegy and The Edge, which were released for Refugee Week and National Libraries Day.

 

 

 

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