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Asylum Monologues @ Saint Margarets House
June 18, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Venue: Hall behind the Gallery Cafe at 21 Old Ford Road
6:30pm-9:30pm | Donation Entry: £5 Solidarity, £2/3 Standard, £0 Broke
“This waiting for the Home Office to decide – me, I always say that it is a diplomatic form of torture. They are not raping us, they are not burning us with cigarettes, they are not hitting us with guns, but they are torturing us mentally, and that’s the worst. Because – my scars, they heal. It was painful but if I touch them now, I feel no pain. But the torture that is mental – this is constant…”
The first script created for ice&fire’s Actors for Human Rights project, Asylum Monologues is a first-hand account of the UK’s asylum system in the words of people who have experienced it read by actors. The Actors for Human Rights programme was founded in 2006 and is a network of more than 700 professional actors across the UK who are dedicated to drawing public attention to human rights concerns, responding to requests for rehearsed readings of our documentary plays and can go anywhere at any time.
ice&fire explores human rights stories through performance, putting human rights at the core of everything they do to make accessible theatre for a wide range of audiences across the UK. The reading will be followed by a Q&A Panel Discussion.
‘This was not what I expected. I was expecting some kind of inauthentic moralising verbatim theatre experience. The acting (in Asylum Monologues) was delicate, minimal, allowing the words to speak for themselves. Although we know it must go on, it’s still shocking to hear the first-hand accounts of people devoured by the heartless machine of bureaucracy. This was brave, honest, close to the bone.’ – OXFORD THEATRE REVIEW
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