Researchers on debut leap into the unknown
Lisette Collins & Elisabeth Wale
I loved getting the opportunity to be a part of They Come For Them At Night. I think it’s really important to disseminate research into as many forms as possible, making it accessible to a wide range of people and communities. Having Michelle develop the research into such a thought provoking piece was such a fascinating project to be a part of. It was strange to be delivering adaptation information to people just as Lian did her tarpulin dance past me, but delivering that information in this particular format made me really cut back to basics and get out of my head a little, which is hard as I am often so absorbed in thesis writing and the details of adaptation theory. Lisette Collins | PhD Candidate | Government and International Relations
I am not one who is used to acting! I was quite anxious about learning my lines and remembering my cues. However, after our first run through, the performance became quite enjoyable. Not only was I able to contribute to the event, but I could also take part as an audience member, visually and physically experiencing the journey of a climate refugee.
It was wonderful to see my research influence a performance piece. It challenged me to think about the human, individual aspect of seeking refugee, a aspect of my research that I had not previously considered. In talking to audience members it was clear that the event had taught us about the plight of these people, through making us walk a mile into their shoes. Elisabeth Wale | Honours Fellow | Government and International Relations
Photo: Celine Thompson