Asylum Monologues in 12 U.K. cities


Asylum Monologues

Ice and Fire theatre and the new national network, Actors for Refugees, will stage Asylum Monologues in 12 different U.K. cities on June 21 2007, to coincide with Refugee Week, a U.K.-wide programme of arts, cultural and educational events that celebrate the contribution of refugees to the U.K., and encourage a better understanding between communities.

The series of events are being organised in conjunction with UNHCR, the United Nations refugee agency, Refugee Action, a national refugee support charity, and numerous other agencies and organisations throughout the U.K. which are campaigning on refugee/asylum issues.

Asylum Monologues is an account of the U.K. asylum system told first-hand in the words of the people who have experienced it. Scripted by award-winning playwright and Artistic Director of Ice and Fire theatre, Sonja Linden, it is an important and powerful work.

Actors for Refugees, a network of professional actors dedicated to drawing public attention to the harsh realities faced by individuals who come to the UK to seek refuge, has been touring Asylum Monologues around the country since it was launched at Amnesty International in June 2006 and has reached over 4,000 people so far. It is presented as a rehearsed reading with live music and features different guest actors and musicians.

The 12 cities are: London, Liverpool, Leicester, Manchester, Leeds, Halifax, Exeter, Sheffield, Norwich, Swansea, Nottingham and Glasgow. There will also be a performance in Guildford on June 20.

This is the thing that the British people don’t understand. They think we came here just because we want to live here. We fled our countries because there are problems. That’s why we came here.

Asylum Monologues is an account of the U.K.’s asylum system, told first hand by the people who have experienced it.

Thursday June 21 2007. 12 U.K. cities from Glasgow to Exeter. One Night Only. Unless otherwise stated, there are no bookings required

London (Brentford)
7.45 pm
Watermans Arts Centre, 40 High Street, Brentford, TW8 0DS
Tel: 020 8232 1010
Map: http://www.watermans.org.uk/contact

London (Waterloo)
8.00 pm
The Maria, Young Vic, 66 The Cut, Waterloo, London SE1 8LZ
Bookings required: email : actors_for_refugees@yahoo.co.uk

Halifax
7.00 pm
Square Chapel Centre for the Arts, 10 Square Road, Halifax HX1 1QG
Tel: 01422 353073
Map: http://www.squarechapel.co.uk/about/find.htm

Glasgow
7.00 pm
Gilmorehill G12, 9 University Avenue, Glasgow G12 8QQ
Tel: 0141 330 3838

Leicester
7.00 pm
The Cathedral Church of St Martin, Leicester. St Martins, East. Leicester, LE1 5FX
Tel: 0116 2487404

Liverpool
6:30 pm for 6:45 pm
Metropolitan Cathedral Crypt Concert Hall (entrance on Brownlow Hill), L3 5TQ
Tel: 0151 702 6313

Norwich
7:30 pm
Norwich Puppet Theatre, St James, Whitefriars, Norwich, Norfolk, NR3 1TN
Tel: 01603 610993
Map: http://www.puppettheatre.co.uk/how-to-find-us/

Nottingham
6:45 pm for 7.00 pm
The Vine Community Centre, Bobbersmill Road, Hyson Green, Nottingham, NG7 5GZ
Tel: 01159 415952

Swansea
6:45 pm for 7.00 pm
Swansea Museum, Victoria Road, The Maritime Quarter, Swansea, SA1 1SN
Tel: 01792 653763
Manchester – 7pm
Central Hall, Oldham Street, Manchester, M1 1JQ
Map: http://www.methodist.org.uk/index.cfm?fuseaction=welcome.content&cmid=914

Exeter
8.00 pm
Phoenix Arts Centre, Bradninch Place, Gandy St, Exeter, EX4 3LS
Tel: 01392 361021
Map: http://www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/aboutus.php

Leeds
7.00 pm for 7:15 pm
Oxford Place Methodist Centre, Oxford Place, Leeds, LS1 3AX
Tel: 0113 268 1663
Map: http://www.oxfordplace.org.uk/location.html

Sheffield
1.00 pm
The Long Bar, Crucible Theatre, Sheffield Theatres, 55 Norfolk Street, Sheffield, S1 1DA
Tel: 07913513567
Map: http://www.sheffieldtheatres.co.uk/index.cfm?fuseaction=content.view&CategoryID=10&ContentID=20

Further info:
Ice and Fire Theatre / Actors for Refugees

Contact : Christine Bacon on 0791 3513567 or 020 7377 5299

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