All the facts about… All the Beds I Have Slept In
Refugee theatre company Phosphoros Theatre is bringing its new play All The Beds I Have Slept In to our Courtyard Theatre on 16 November.
- The actors are all refugees and people seeking asylum who came to the UK as children. The play is based on their experiences of leaving their homeland, using beds to anchor them to various points on the journey.
- The cast includes: Mohammed Abou Fahmi, Tewodros Aregawe, Mardin Mahmoudpour, Ali Ghaderi, Talal Hassan and Syed Haleem Najibi.
- From a bench in a French station to the exercise yard of a Greek detention centre, the actors reflect on the kindness of strangers who helped them find their next place of safety.
- Director Dawn Harrison says: “The play is especially important right now with what’s happening in Afghanistan. We all understand from the news why people need to leave their homelands in the first place, but while ‘Operation Warm Welcome’ promises to support thousands of refugees, others are still floundering in a system that’s deliberately hostile and will become more so with the Nationality and Borders Bill.”
- Phosphoros Theatre is a charity that makes socially engaged performances with, for, and by refugees and people seeking asylum. It works with a small company of refugee actors, aged 18-25, none of whom have had formal acting training.
- The company started in 2015 when Kate Duffy-Syedi was working at a grassroots refugee charity managing a supported housing project. One of the residents, Awet, told her he felt he had a big story to tell and would she help him. Kate assembled a creative team and Phosphoros Theatre was born.
- It took previous offering Dear Home Office, a play based on the lived experiences of the actors, to Edinburgh Fringe, where it was nominated for the Amnesty Freedom of Expression Award.
- Reviews of previous work:
‘fierce, bold, luminous… A resilient, defiant and utterly real reclamation of voices by a group so often ignored, misunderstood or spoken for’
‘it will change your perception… It is a play that should be seen by all’
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