Freedom from Torture - ‘Lost and Found’ – a musical tale

‘Lost and Found’ – a musical tale

The cast are survivors of torture, but these stories are not ones you’ve heard before. Its themes are love, unexpected friendship and above all, music - from the violin buried by order of the Ayatollahs, to the African song unwittingly performed in a British Library reading room.

The music is rooted in songs remembered from home, developed and intertwined during production.

The work had its live premiere at the Roundhouse on 2 September. Listen to the final version on headphones to get the full binaural effect, which sends you on a magical journey through the stories.

On this page you’ll find videos of the preparation and performance, and audio files of the individual numbers.

At the bottom is a link to download the full album. Please leave a voluntary donation if you are able.

Alex
Alex
Kate
Kate
Jade
Jade
Faryad
Faryad
Prossy
Prossy
Uganda
Uganda
Opening song

Sets the scene of ‘Lost and Found’ describing the good and bad of their new home.

Uganda and Alex

Not everything is lost in London: these two found consolation in the free piano at St Pancras Station, and the link with home provided by the free internet in the British Library.

Faryad

Standing up to oppression both as a woman and a Kurd, Faryad found herself dangerously exposed, then exiled to a place where she’s still finding her voice.

Lunar House

Reporting centres are London landmarks hidden from most UK citizens, where asylum seekers spend hours queuing in all weathers, then going in to repeat the same old information, week after week, year after year

Prossy

As she tells an unknown interviewer about her escape from trafficking, Prossy remembers a beautiful and poignant song from her village back home in Burundi.

Uganda and Kate

Two burials: the proxy burial of a banana tree in place of a child taken by Ugandan rebels on his way home from school, and the burial of a beloved violin when the Ayatollahs ‘murdered’ music in Iran.

Starlight

‘Ara Romo Kodini’ is a Ugandan song about lovers meeting on a corner; this song is the response.

Jade

At a moment of despair, a stranger comes to the rescue; curiosity about somebody else’s life saves Jade’s own.

Closing Song

The work ends back in London, which begins to seem more like home.

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