Thu 15 – Sat 17 Aug

“Nobody is a nobody. Life just moves.

Hope is hope is hope again. I have a harness.


I have a tightrope.


The stars. The moon. We all have something to play for.

The sun. The sea. You are not my enemy.”

Refugee! is a new political, devised theatre piece written by Aisha Zia. Weaving together urgent, important interviews, conversations and real-life testimonies from the performers, migrant, refugee and sanctuary seeking communities.
Set on an ancient burial ground, where the UK is now a crime scene, four characters in search of belonging. Under the rubble they find evidence of hope and humanity, and our own government’s complicity to war crimes.

Performed by
Elina Akhmetov, Adi Detemo, Sara Diab, Alaa Shehada

Written by
Aisha Zia

Directed by
Maisie Newman, Nastazja Domaradzka

Produced by
Marcus Berdaut

Composer and Sound Designer
Jovana Backovic

Lighting Designer
Lucia Sanchez Roldan

Set and Costume Designer
Noemi Daboczi

Stage Manager
Jehan Rizqallah

Artwork and Photography
Kalpesh Lathigra

Communities Producer
Anita Nayyar

Touring Producer
Penny Babakhani

Scotland Producer
Alexandra Lort Phillips

Katie Dancey-Downs

Rising Agency

SM Publicity

Refugee! is written by Aisha Zia and created by 62 Gladstone Street in association with Landmark Theatres and THE UPSETTERS and co-commissioned by Counterpoint Arts.

With thanks to all the community participants who were interviewed to be part of the process in Peterborough and Bournemouth, Arts Council England, Metal Peterborough, Refugee Week and our partners Tamasha, the Key Theatre and Landmark Theatres.

Special thank you to community partners supporting migrants & refugees in Peterborough; H.E.L.P, GLADCA and SOS.LT.


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