Refugee Boy

19 April 2017 - 13 May 2017
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  • "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.

    Ticket Information

    Preview (19 Apr) - £10 (inc. concs)
    Standard Matinee & Evening - £15 (£12 concs)
    Peak Matinee & Evening - £18 (£15 concs)
    FiverLive Offer - £5 to 15-25 year olds with our new FiverLive offer - call Box Office and mention the FiverLive offer when booking

    Ages 12+

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    Access Performances

    Captioned: Thursday 4 May at 7.30pm
    Sign Interpreted: Tuesday 9 May at 7.30pm


    Education Pack

    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

  • Benjamin Zephaniah and Lemn Sissay in conversation

  • Audience Feedback

    Very powerful performance
    Compellingly delivered
    One of the best shows I've seen here in years
    Cast were awesome
    An important play at an important time
    100% recommending
    Gripping throughout
    Absolutely incredible

    Reviews

    '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

    'Kept a large teenage school group utterly spellbound.'
    ★★★★ The Londonist - read full review

    'A gripping and compelling piece of theatre.'
    Exposure - read full review

    'Chickenshed deliver a timely and poignant message of hope and tolerance.'
    Barnet Today - read full review

    'A heartfelt performance.'
    Disability Arts Online - read full review

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