A pidgin /ˈpɪdʒᵻn/, or pidgin language, is a grammatically simplified means of communication that develops between two or more groups that do not have a language in common. Fundamentally, a pidgin is a simplified means of linguistic communication, as it is constructed impromptu, or by convention, between individuals or groups of people. A pidgin may be built from words, sounds, or body language from multiple other languages and cultures. They allow people who have no common language to communicate with each other.
The Pidgin Initiative set up by Kristine Landon-Smith with collaborator Margot Woodward is a dedicated space for intracultural theatre practice meaning communication across diverse cultures within the same country and a unique place to train and make work based on the principles of intraculturalism. These involve a fluid process of identity formation that respects and draws on a diversity of traditions, languages and attitudes. This is different from intercultural which mixes diverse cultures across national boundaries.
In 2018, in Australia, we will be producing I Walk In Your Words, ATYP 9th - 11 May 2018 and The Serpents Teeth, Kings Cross Theatre, 9-24th November 2018.