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(ThisWeekLondon) Refugee Boy by Eritrean-Ethiopian-British artist Lemn Sissay

Posted by: Biniam Tekle

Date: Friday, 14 April 2017


Three To See on 20 Apr: Refugee Boy, So Many Reasons, Faslane

By | Published on Thursday 13 April 2017

And today’s ThisWeek-tipped, LDN-based events are…

Refugee Boy | Chickenshed | 19 Apr-13 May (pictured)
Based on Benjamin Zephaniah’s YA novel of the same name, and adapted for the stage by Lemn Sissay, ‘Refugee Boy’ tells the story of a 14 year old called Alem, who is forced to run away from his home, which is affected by civil war in the disputed region between Ethiopia and Eritrea: he’s a child of parents from both regions, which makes the situation even more complicated for him. He heads to nineties London, where he has to fit in and grow up alone, without his family, in a country very different from the one he was born in. A timely production, and great for teens. See this page here for info.

So Many Reasons | Ovalhouse | 20-21 Apr
“Melissa is 26. She has finally started to put her degree to use, she is paying back that loan, and she discovers she’s pregnant. Suddenly faced with the reality of bringing a baby girl into the world, Melissa reflects on her relationship with her own mother, and on how much – or how little – the world has changed for women”. That very talented Racheal Ofori returns with this work in development, an exploration of generational shifts in our attitudes to sexuality, body image, relationships and aspirations. Click here for more.

Faslane | Camden People’s Theatre | 20-22 Apr
This was a big hit at the 2016 Edinburgh Festival Fringe, garnering awards as well as myriad positive reviews, so you can feel assured that this isn’t a gamble. It takes an interesting form, being a kind of performance lecture, through which creator Jenna Watts explores what happens “when the personal and political collide”, through interviewing other individuals and from her own perspective: her family have been working at the home of the UK’s nuclear missile programme Trident all her life, while her friends were protesting at the gates. See the venue website here for details.

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