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POST by Xavier de Sousa

Post is an exploration of what it means to be a migrant, constantly inhabiting a ‘national limbo’.

  • Wed 30 Nov – Sat 3 Dec, 7:30pm

Venue: Downstairs

What the hell is ‘national identity’?

We live in an ever shifting political and geographical landscape. As a generation that grew up into an open-doors Europe and the advances of the internet, we have been accustomed to travel, exchange, engage and collaborate with people from different nationalities from us. At the same time, there is a wave of nationalism arising across the world that threatens to change all of this and close our national borders.

POST is an exploration of what it means to be a migrant, of constantly inhabiting a ‘national limbo’ and failing to be adhering to border and identity-defining norms.

This performance is extra-live and audiences are invited to respond to the show in whatever way feels natural; moving around, making noises and coming and going from the auditorium if needed. Latecomers are permitted. 



Thurs 1 December

Join us for a post-show talk with Dr Sarah Fine (King's College, Philosophy of Migration) and Alessandra Cianetti (Director at performingborders).

We will be chatting about some of themes of the show and how they might reflect contemporary discourse, both in the arts and in the political landscape, on migration, borders and national identities.


Sat 3 December 2-4pm

Through soup making and storytelling, this workshop proposes to be a point of connection with our own heritage and the potential to building communities based on mutual understanding and collaboration, rejecting the hierarchical models of capitalist systems.

Tickets £2 (please bring a soup vegetable of your choice!)


  • Wed 30 Nov, 7:30pm
  • Thu 1 Dec, 7:30pm
  • Fri 2 Dec, 7:30pm
  • Sat 3 Dec, 7:30pm

Conceived and performed by Xavier de Sousa
Produced by Sally Rose
Dramaturgical support by Ira Brand and Deborah Pearson

Additional information

POST has developed into a full production from Xavier de Sousa's FiRST BiTE work-in-progress piece Saudade, originally presented at Ovalhouse in 2015.

Commissioned by Ovalhouse with support from Attenborough Centre for the Arts, Marlborough Theatre, Bike Shed Theatre, Camden People's Theatre and Tempting Failure Festival. Additional funding from Arts Council England.

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Photo by Paula Harrowing.

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