TURTLE KEY ARTS ORIGINALLY WORKED WITH EXTANT, THE ONLY BLIND AND VISUALLY IMPAIRED THEATRE COMPANY IN THE UK, FROM 2002 TO 2005 ON A NUMBER OF PROJECTS INCLUDING THEIR FIRST FULL SCALE PRODUCTION RESISTANCE. TURTLE KEY ARTS WORKED AGAIN WITH EXTANT IN 2015/16 ON THEIR PRODUCTION OF THE CHAIRS BY EUGENE IONESCO.
RESISTANCE (2005-2006) “This powerful play by blind writer Maria Oshodi interprets real events taken from And There was Light, the autobiography of Jacques Lusseyran. It depicts how Lusseyran, who was blinded in an accident at the age of eight, went on to become a teenage member of the French resistance during the Second World War. A cast of six blind and visually impaired actors explore this compelling story using different theatrical approaches.” The Independent
Peter Brook came to talk with Maria Oshodi and observe rehearsals for Resistance.
“The work you're doing is very powerful and strong. I read the Jacques Lusseyran book ten or fifteen years ago and thought it was wonderful. Good luck and I would very much like to see the production when it's complete.” Peter Brook
“ There are moments when form and content are matched so perfectly that the sighted catch a tiny glimpse of what it must be like to be visually impaired. Oshodi’s cleverly fragmented text eschews a linear narrative in favour of something fractured, much more akin to the way a blind person gathers information about the world.” Lyn Gardiner - The Guardian
Resistance toured the UK, and France including the Chateau Amphitheatre, Lycée International, Paris, which had been taken over by the Nazis SS in WWII and to the Blind in Theatre (BIT) Festival, Zagreb, Croatia.