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A Banner Theatre Production

Saturday 23 February 2008
2.00 pm
Highfields Centre
Melbourne Road
Leicester LE2 ODS
Tickets: £5 (waged); £1 (unwaged); free to destitute asylum seekers

This multimedia documentary production from Birmingham-based Banner Theatre sets out to counter the vilification of refugees and asylum seekers. Combining music, song, video, film and theatre, it speaks for asylum seekers in their quest for safety and security after fleeing war-torn lands in Africa and the Middle East .

Brought to the city by members of Leicester Civil Rights Movement, the production tells the human stories of people in the wrong place at the wrong time, and cuts through the myths and prejudice surrounding the search for sanctuary in England ’s green but sometimes not so pleasant land.

Torture of a physical kind practised in those areas of the world from where we’ve fled is easy to identify and condemn. The emotional, mental and economic torture we’re faced with in this country is not so clear and people say ‘surely it’s better here’. Well, come along and see the play and let’s talk afterwards

— Nkululeko (destitute asylum seeker and LCRM member).

Priya Thamotheram, Chair of Leicester Civil Rights Movement said: “Banner Theatre’s play provides a great opportunity for all those people who are concerned about the growing injustice and human rights abuses in this country to be re-charged and determined to challenge those everyday misinformed assumptions about the welcome and services provided to refugees and asylum seekers.”

For more information, contact:

Priya Thamotheram
T: 0116 253 1053

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