The Certificate is a monologue performed by a stateless girl-child. It directly questions the integrity of a system that denies children their basic right to a nationality.
The Certificate is best experienced as an unannounced intervention.
Running time – 20 mins (no interval)
Language - English
Stages Theatre Group, Empathy & Risk, and The Institute on Statelessness and Inclusion.
The Certificate is a monologue on statelessness. It is based on interviews conducted by the Institute on Statelessness and Inclusion (ISI) with stateless children.
The Certificate was initially commissioned for performance in London by the ISI in 2017 and later performed in Colombo in 2018.
It was performed as an intervention at the Opening Plenary of the World Conference on Statelessness in the Hague in June 2019, as part of the CANCELLED Arts Programme.
“Shyalina's performance was not a performance. It carried the suffering of many souls. When I watched it, it was like melted iron poured into my soul and flowed through my eyes.”
— Deepthi Gurung
Statelessness Activist World Conference on Statelessness, the Hague 2019