Patrice Balbina (2015)

Recognize yourself in he and she who are not like you and me.”

Carlos Fuentes

Patrice Balbina‘s Chance Encounter with the End of the World looks at the experience of leaving home and moving to another country through the eyes of a twelve year old girl. Devised by an international creative team, the play reflects the common experience of fear, courage and hope that drives the search for a better life. Created at a time when the world is experiencing the greatest displacement of people since the Second World War this important new international story reflects on the contrasting fragility and resilience of the human spirit.


Patrice Balbina’s Chance Encounter With The End Of The World is a unique collaboration between artists from six leading international theatre companies. ATYP Artistic Director Fraser Corfield leads professional artists from Pilot Theatre (UK), Teatro O Bando (Portugal), Teatro Stabile d’Innovazione (Italy), Dynamo Theatre (Canada) and Presentation House Theatre (Canada) to devise this new work that will premiere at ATYP before transferring to Vancouver. The final chapter of the two-year international partnership Documents of Poverty of Hope, supported through the European Union’s Cultural Fund, this extraordinary work looks at immigration and emigration from a global perspective.


nuanced, warm, and sensitive, taking all due care to tell this story responsibly.” Upstaged Reviews

Documentary Theatre which balances power and purpose to entertain and engage young audiences.” Sydney Arts Guide


Raul Atalaia

Holy Fraser

Emilie Leclerc

Giuditta Mingucci

Yves Simard



Director Fraser Corfield

Dramaturge Odette Bereska

Choreographer Jaqueline Gosselin

Production Design Ben Pugh

Sound Design Pru Montin

Education Mandy Smith

Stage Manager Dirk Neldner, Sven Laude

Contributing Artist Isabel Atalaia