A BRIEF HISTORY OF STRUGGLE by Dipo Baruwa-Etti and Calle Fuhr is part of the THE PLACE I CALL HOME Festival.


Here we are

Two cities

Zwei Länder

Separated by the sea

Zwei Menschen                        

Who will not surrender

And call themselves: free.


Spanning from 1928 to 2020 across England and Germany and set against the backdrop of world-changing events, six short stories of hope and endurance invite you on a journey through space and time.

Dipo Baruwa-Etti and Calle Fuhr have collaborated across borders during lockdown to bring you this series with a UK-based cast of final year students from Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

Sign up with your phone number to receive daily links over six days via WhatsApp inviting you into five-minute snapshots of imagined conversations between ordinary people in both London, UK and Dortmund, Germany.

Please note we will be compliant with all GDPR standards, and your number will be deleted once the six days are over.


Directed by:  Charlotte Bennett and Katie Posner, Joint Artistic Directors of Paines Plough.

Cast: Bella Maclean, Cosima Shaw, Daniel Adeosun, Jan Pohl, Kristin Atherton, Markus Von Lingen, Martyn Hodge, Nenda Neururer, Peter Stark, Phia Saban, Sophie Doyle


Age Guidance: 12+

All digital performances are captioned.