Adapted for the stage by Lemn Sissay
Directed by Gail McIntyre
Designed by Emma Williams
Dramaturg Ben Jancovich
‘This is the best holiday I have ever ever ever… Of all the holidays I have ever had and put them all together none of them would be as wonderful as this one.’
Alem is fourteen, in London with his father on the best holiday he has ever had, only then the unthinkable happens, he awakes to find himself alone, a stranger in an unfamiliar country. Overnight he has become a refugee. As a violent civil war rages back home, Alem’s Ethiopian father and Eritrean mother make the heartbreaking decision to leave him in London, on his own but hopefully safe at last. Alem’s new life brings with it new challenges – from court hearings to children’s homes to life-changing friendships and loving foster families. Amidst this turmoil Alem determines to take control, to transcend his refugee label, to become Alem Kelo – an African, a Peacemaker and no longer just a Refugee Boy.
Gail McIntyre, Playhouse Associate Director, brings together the work of two of the UK’s most prolific and revered poets, Benjamin Zephaniah and Lemn Sissay, in a heartbreaking and hilarious production that pulses with energy, love, loss and hope.
Through this production of Refugee Boy our theatre will reach out and connect with the refugee community using creativity to celebrate diversity, to bring people together, share stories and dispel myths.
Matinee Thursday 27th February, 1pm
|Date/Time||Thursday, February 27 - Saturday, March 1,7:45 pm - 10:00 pm|
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