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Shine – Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

Writer: Kema Sikazwe Director: Graeme Thompson Reviewer: Dominic Corr What defines you? Is it your past, your family? Perhaps more realistically it’s the societal labels attached from unwelcomed comments; immigrant, black, poor or untalented which 'brand' us. I, Daniel Blake actor Kema Sikazwe's Shine gives an account of his own difficulties in finding his ability to not be a product ...

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The Tailor of Inverness – Brunton Theatre, Musselburgh

Writer: Matthew Zajac Director: Ben Harrison Reviewer: Dominic Corr War and all of its travesties will never be understood. From the British perspective – we were the heroes, they the villains. When presented with people quite literally in the bootstraps of the opposition many are unable to connect. The stories told by people leaving the Third Reich behind are sometimes ...

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Welcome to the UK – The Bunker, London

Writer: Borderline Director: Sophie NL Besse Reviewer: Christie-Luke Jones Welcome to the UK is the sophomore effort of Borderline, a theatre ensemble comprising both refugee and European performers and creatives. Welcome to the UK follows on from the company’s eponymous 2016 debut, which satirised life within the Calais Jungle. This next instalment finds a group of refugees arriving on British soil, ...

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Where We Began – Square Chapel Centre for the Arts, Halifax

Writer: Rosie MacPherson Director: Hannah Butterfield Reviewer: Rich Jevons Stand and Be Counted (SBC), UK's first 'Theatre Company of Sanctuary', follow their 2016 production Tanja with a further examination of the flaws in the immigration system and the treatment of asylum seekers taken to its own inevitably nightmarish end. Shireen Farkhoy as The Transition Guide (Persian British Actor) is a ...

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INTERVIEW: Tafadzwa Muchenje on Where We Began

The UK’s first Theatre Company of Sanctuary, Stand and Be Counted, present Where We Began, a wild and vivid vision of the future that combines storytelling, movement and live music. Five performers from across the globe challenge existing notions of ‘home’ in a multilingual celebration of personal identity.  They consist of Shireen Farkhoy as The Transition Guide (Persian British Actor), ...

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I Occur Here – The Space, London

Directors: Malena Arcucci and Mariana Aristizabal Pardo Reviewer: Scott Matthewman During this devised physical theatre work, a voiceover explains that there are four types of traveller: whether one is running away from something or running towards something else, merely travelling for the journey, and those for whom migration occurs more from necessity than desire. Those four archetypes do not map ...

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Octopus – Theatre 503, London

Writer: Afsaneh Gray Director: Pia Furtado Reviewer: Deborah Klayman What happens when the way we self-identify is not included in the multiple choice checklist? Set in a possible near-future, Afsaneh Gray’s Octopus examines the nature of identity and poses the question: is the way we define ourselves as important as the way that others see us? In the world of ...

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Swarm – Bute Town History and Arts Centre, Cardiff

Director: Abdul Shayek Reviewer: Jacqui Onions Swarm takes its name from that now infamous statement by David Cameron, "You've got a swarm of people coming across the Mediterranean, seeking a better life." However, this company-devised, site-specific play turns the current situation on its head. The West is destroying itself with war and civilians, fearing for their lives, are escaping to ...

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