Destination Bradford was something me and Margot Przymierska had wanted to create for some time. I am of Polish and Ukrainian heritage and Margot was born in Poland and we were forever bemoaning the complete lack of Eastern European representation on our stages and screens (especially when you consider that Polish people are now the largest European minority in the UK and Poland is the second most-spoken language). When we saw that Bradford Producing Hub were looking for projects which celebrated Bradford , and knowing the city had such a strong Eastern European presence, we decided to do something about this under-representation ourselves and create a piece of work which celebrated a thriving community.
The ultimate plan for Destination Bradford is a series of monologues, performed to a live audience, inspired by the real-life stories of its Polish and Ukrainian residents. As both groups have such a strong history within Bradford, spanning well over 100 years, we wanted to ensure that the monologues encompassed a variety of different stories and that they authentically captured a group so vital to shaping the Bradford we know today.
Initially, we were going to speak to individuals in person at the Polish and Ukrainian Clubs, hold informal conversations and see if these sparked any potential ideas for the performed pieces. However, as the restrictions following the outbreak of Covid-19 continued to tighten and in-person interaction became an impossibility, we decided to conduct our research online and over the phone instead.