Many in the sanctuary network will recall this brilliant one person play about the life of a Zimbabwean seeking asylum. Lladel, the actor, gave a short preview at the Sanctuary in Parliament event in 2015. It’s very moving, highly informative and raises issues around connection, destitution and the asylum process in the UK. Audiences will receive a link to the City of Sanctuary and UK Gay and Lesbian Immigration Group websites for more information and an invitation to support. This new run of an excellent play in London’s Bridge Theatre is a great opportunity for the City of Sanctuary network to *mobilise MPs and London councillors to attend the 55 minute performance to learn and be moved by this important story.
Written by Zodwa Nyoni
Performed by Lladel Bryant
Directed by Alex Chisholm
Presented by Leeds Studio
The Bridge Theatre, London 22nd – 31st October 2020
Fleeing from his home where a fresh wave of homophobia threatens his life, Ishmael has sought sanctuary in the UK. Dispersed to Leeds, Ishmael waits to hear his fate, he waits for a new life to begin amongst strangers. But not everyone is bad… can he find a place to call home again?
Some of us wanted to stop being afraid.
Some of us wanted to find ourselves.
Some of us wanted to belong.
Zodwa Nyoni threads together humour and humanity to tell the real personal story behind asylum headlines.
Click here for more information and to book tickets (from £10)
*Mobilise your MP and councillor: If you are already engaging with your MP about an issue ( eg Stand up for Sanctuary action re the channel crossings or Lift the Ban) then you can add information about Nine Lives as a post script suggesting the value of experiencing this powerful story. Or you can tweet your MP / Councillor. Here are some suggested tweets or write your own:
- @yourMP/Londoncouncillor Please invest 55 mins to experience the warmth & humanity of this brilliant play @_bridgetheatre & understand the real personal story behind asylum headlines https://bridgetheatre.co.uk/whats-on/nine-lives/
- @yourMP/Londoncouncillor we in xxx city want you to experience the warmth & humanity of this brilliant play @_bridgetheatre & understand the real personal story behind asylum headlines https://bridgetheatre.co.uk/whats-on/nine-lives/
- @yourMP/Londoncouncillor please don’t miss this opportunity to learn from @_bridgetheatre brilliant Nine Lives drama about finding sanctuary in the UK https://bridgetheatre.co.uk/whats-on/nine-lives/
- @yourMP/Londoncouncillor @_bridgetheatre is offering you the chance to understand one of the key experiences of our time, please take it and see Nine Lives https://bridgetheatre.co.uk/whats-on/nine-lives/
- @yourMP/Londoncouncillor Please take 55 mins to see this powerful play @TheBridgeTheatre. #LGBTQ+ people #seekingsanctuary need you to hear their story & we want you to understand https://bridgetheatre.co.uk/whats-on/nine-lives/