If you have not yet had the honor of meeting Amal, it is unlikely you will forget this introduction. Amal is a 3.5 meter tall puppet, crafted by Handspring Puppet Company, who is representing the over 2.5 million Syrian children who are currently seeking refuge outside their home country. With the guidance of the Good Chance production company, Amal is in the middle of a incredible journey to raise awareness of the challenges refugee children face when forcibly displaced from their homes.
From July to November 2021, Amal will walk across 8 countries, starting at the Turkish-Syrian border and end over 8,000 km away in Manchester, UK. Along the way, Amal will stop at the European Parliament in Brussels to deliver 10,000 letters to the European Parliament in Brussels, written by children and young people answering one big question:
‘What do you wish you could change for children like you and Little Amal?’
The team behind The Walk, composed of Good Chance, Stephen Daldry, David Lan, Tracey Seaward, and Naomi Webb, is asking for letters from children and refugees who wish to answer that question. The letters can be as long or short, complex or simple as the author would like, and can be sent either by post or email. Educators, community leaders, parents, and other stakeholders are encouraged to share this open invitation with children and young people who want to see improvements made to services that support children being forcibly displaced from their homes. Letters must be sent by 1 October 2021.
Little Amal’s story began in Good Chance Theatre‘s award-winning play, The Jungle. The critically-acclaimed production was based on the stories Good Chance’s founders Joe Murphy and Joe Robertson encountered when they created their first Theatre of Hope in the 2015 Calais refugee camp. Little Amal appeared as a character in The Jungle who represented the hundreds of unaccompanied minors in the Calais camp who were separated from their families. Following the success of The Jungle, which contributed to a global conversation about refugees and shared humanity, Good Chance felt Little Amal’s story still had so much more to say.