Find out how Refugee Boy developed from page to stage.
"This planet is for everyone, borders are for no one. It's all about freedom..."Benjamin Zephaniah
Venue: Studio Theatre
Tickets: Tickets from £10
Benjamin Zephaniah is a much-loved and celebrated British Jamaican poet, who has featured in The Times list of Britain's top 50 post-war writers. Refugee Boy is a powerful and moving story based on his acclaimed book, and tells the story of 14 year old Alem, a refugee forced to flee his family and country for London in the late 1990s, to escape civil war at home in the disputed region between Ethiopia and Eritrea. As a child of parents from both regions, Alem is in great danger from the forces of both sides, and is forced to seek safety alone in the UK.
The story follows Alem’s experiences in London in a warm-hearted tale of hope, family and identity. For Alem, the challenge is fitting in and growing up in a country very different from his own, and being there without the family he loves.
Adapted for the stage by Lemn Sissay, Refugee Boy brilliantly continues Chickenshed’s exploration of the issues surrounding refugees and immigration, as recently examined so powerfully in the sell-out run of Kindertransport.
Preview (19 Apr) - £10 (inc. concs)
Standard Matinee & Evening - £15 (£12 concs)
Peak Matinee & Evening - £18 (£15 concs)
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Captioned: Thursday 4 May at 7.30pm
Sign Interpreted: Tuesday 9 May at 7.30pm
We have kindly been given permission to direct our audience to a very comprehensive Education Pack, put together by the West Yorkshire Playhouse. The pack containts facts and information about the issues faced faced by asylum-seekers and refugees; background information on the conflict in Eritrea and Ethiopia; and interviews with both Benjamin Zephaniah and Lemn Sissay.
To view the Education Pack, please click here.
Offie nominated for Best Set Designer - Sarah Booth
Very powerful performance
One of the best shows I've seen here in years
Cast were awesome
An important play at an important time
'Chickenshed’s production is imaginative and its cast passionate and convincing.'
★★★ The Stage - read full review
'Unmissable performance addressing the sheer horror of the refugee crisis.'
★★★★★ London Theatre 1 - read full review
'Moving, compassionate and still relevant.'
★★★★ Everything Theatre - read full review
'This is a thoughtful show that is upbeat and occasionally funny.'
British Theatre Guide - read full review