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Tanja – an impassioned play about detention in the UK

‘TANJA’ is an impassioned call to arms, a play and a campaign. “Tanja” blends spoken word, drama, dance, puppetry, live music, sign language and verbatim theatre.Emily-Ntshangase-Wood-016-768x512

It stars former Yarls Wood detainee Emily Ntshangase-Wood, who has also been a long standing volunteer and supporter of City of Sanctuary and was discovered by the Strawberry Blonde Curls Theatre Company at Sanctuary in Parliament last year. Emily is playing the lead actor and funding has been secured from Arts Council England to make it happen.

Strawberry Blonde Curls want to link with CofS branches across the country and can offer free creative workshops to all of them when in their area – there’ll also be some free tickets and subsidised tickets available.

The trailer link is here – please share, like and post about it: https://vimeo.com/176805247

Locked up. Shipped around. Sold as sex. In the black of night “Tanja” fled to safety on the shores of England. Another asylum seeker now held at Yarl’s…

Locked up. Shipped around. Sold as sex. In the black of night “Tanja” fled to safety on the shores of England. Another asylum seeker now held at Yarl’s Wood Immigration Removal Centre; Britain’s best kept secret. Refuge lies just beyond the barbed wire fence, but at what cost? With immigration issues reaching fever pitch, this is the story of one woman’s bravery in the midst of prejudice and abuse. This is what she would have said, if only we’d let her…

Supported by The Lowry Theatre, Slung Low, Theatre Delicatessen, Bike Shed Theatre, The Garage, and Arc Stockton.

In partnership with City of Sanctuary.

The tour dates are:

The Lowry, Salford – Friday 16 & Saturday 17 September

CAST, Doncaster – Wednesday 21 September
Town Hall, Skipton – Thursday 22 September

Crucible Studio, Sheffield – Thursday 29 September

Square Chapel, Halifax – Friday 30 September

Camden People’s Theatre, London – Tuesday 11, Wednesday 12 & Thursday 13 October

ARC, Stockton – 20 Thursday 20 October

Book tickets for all dates here.

Contact John Tomlinson – [email protected]