Play shows plight of Pinoy migrants in UK

By Edward Lao, ABS-CBN Europe News Bureau

Posted at Dec 13 2012 03:24 PM | Updated as of Dec 13 2012 11:24 PM

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LONDON - A theater play focusing on the experiences of Filipino migrant workers in the United Kingdom is set to run in north London this weekend.

"Migrants" is the latest offering of non-profit community based group, Philippine Theatre UK (PTUK).

It is described as a socio-political play that shows the plight of Pinoys working in a foreign land; highlighting issues like abuse, poverty, discrimination, racism, betrayal, corruption and personal conflict, as well as friendship.

"Migrants" features a mostly amateur Filipino cast, some of whom admit to being able to relate to the characters and their emotions.

Chelo Taylo-Cruz says playing the character of Adhara is like telling her own story.

"I find myself as Adhara din, madali akong maka-relate doon sa emotions niya kasi I've gone through the same thing with my family. Malayo ka sa pamilya mo, so anything na mangyari sa Pilipinas, dala mo yun dito sa London," Taylo-Cruz said.

Arnel Mangilinan added, "The most challenging part of the play is that you actually feel and sense what people feel when they are racially abuse and being mistreated."

Marking PTUK's 10th production, "Migrants" was written four years ago by Ramon Castillanes Tenoso, who also founded the organization.

Tenoso directed the play and admitted it was a challenge juggling multiple roles, but commended his cast for the committment they have shown in preparing for the show over the past six months.

"My job really is to inspire, motivate and develop people so that they understand what theater is all about," Tenoso said.

"Migrants" is running three times at Theatro Technis in Camden, London once on December 14 and twice on December 15.

Tenoso has produced a host of shows for the Filipino community in the UK over the years including "Time Gentlemen Please" (2012), "Ibong Adarna" (2004), and 'El Filibusterismo' (1998). With a report from Carol Panday, ABS-CBN Europe News Bureau