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Visit our Theatres of Sanctuary page for more on what Theatres are doing around the UK

Refugee Boy

Refugee Boy – the text of Lemn Sissay’s adaptation of Benjamin Zephaniah’s novel ‘Refugee Boy’ is available to buy

After debuting at the West Yorkshire Playhouse, the play toured the UK in 2014. Here is a video of a pre-show talk at the Southbank Centre (skip to 07:30)

There are also resources relating to ‘Refugee Boy’ on the Schools of Sanctuary resources page


Exploring issues of trafficking and detention, this piece was created by Stand and Be Counted (SBC) Theatre Company – the first Theatre Company of Sanctuary – and toured in 2017

Nine Lives

Written by Zodwa Nyoni, this piece follows Ishmael, who has fled homophobia in his home country of Zimbabwe and is seeking sanctuary in Leeds. 

A film of the play is available via Zodwa Nyoni’s website

The play was featured by BBC Arts in a documentary ‘Nine Lives: The horrors of the asylum process laid bare’

The Jungle

A play by Good Chance Theatre, exploring the lives of some of the residents of the Calais camp. 

Reviewed in the Guardian here. 

Plays for Sanctuary

Christmas Plays, short playlets, long plays – anything you write for special events can be shared here.
If you adapt any of these significantly – please make this clear in the credits (in case the original author would not want to be credited with the changes).

Three playlets by Penny Walker “Two Faced Britain”, “Home” and “News at Ten”

A Playlet – Human Rights in Britain

A Playlet – conversation in an asylum seeking family

A Playlet – interview in a UKBA Office


Christmas stories/plays for Sanctuary

A Christmas play, a Christmas story, a Christmas logo – can you use these in events leading up to Christmas? Have you anything to add to this page for groups to share at Christmas time?

File Attachments:

A Christmas Play – “Even God wouldn’t get asylum here…”