England: Church-sponsored play about a refugee in line for national awards

By Gavin Drake
Posted Aug 22, 2016

[Anglican Communion News Service] A Church-of-England sponsored play about the plight of a refugee stuck in France while trying to reach the U.K. has been nominated for two prestigious awards. Several million people have made their way to Europe in recent years fleeing persecution and conflict in their homelands. More than half of them come from Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq, according to figures from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Some are trying to reach Britain, leading to the creation of an ad-hoc refugee camp known as the Jungle in the northern French port of Calais.

The “verbatim” play, “Still Here” is based on the experiences of an Eritrean refugee. It was written by the artistic director of Theatre for Justice, Bristol Old Vic Theatre School student Rachel Partington, drawing on interviews conducted in the Jungle in December 2015. The play documents the man’s journey as he fled persecution for his faith, and the journey of the British woman who interviewed him.

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