NOVAE theatre and Pleasance Theatre are offering free tickets to Don’t Look Away to refugees and asylum seekers via the show’s charity partners.
30 tickets across Sunday 12th May at 6pm and Tuesday 14th May at 8pm performances will be made available via Refugees at Home, The Refugee Council and Young Roots.
Don't Look Away shifts focus away from the government's response to the international refugee crisis to our individual power to make a difference; a powerful, timely production exploring the impact of the UK’s 'hostile environment' on those who witness it, inspired by first hand experiences of the writer whose family have been welcoming refugees and asylum seekers to their homes.
“We want this show to trigger debate. We want audiences to understand what it means to claim asylum in the UK and the impact this has, not just those on those who witness it, but those who experience it. That’s why we have released these tickets, to ensure there is no boundary to access for asylum seekers and refugees to see this show, and therefore continue their conversation.” Said Grace Chapman.
Don’t Look Away opens tonight and runs at the Pleasance in Islington until 18 May.
NOVAE theatre Present:
Don’t Look Away
When confronted with a human face of the refugee crisis, a cleaner tries to find balance between her family and philanthropy, between pragmatism and the need to do good
Written by Grace Chapman | Directed by Nicholas Pitt | Movement by Dan Canham
16 April – 18 May, UK Tour and Pleasance Islington run
Inspired by her family becoming involved in hosting asylum seekers in their homes, and Rob Lawrie, the former soldier arrested at the Calais border trying to smuggle a child refugee in his van, writer Grace Chapman started developing Don’t Look Away in 2017, the same year it was longlisted for the Papatango playwriting award. Through further development the play now makes its production debut in this small UK tour, culminating in a run as part of the Pleasance Islington’s flagship new writing season.
2015. Bradford. Adnan, a young asylum seeker, enters a community centre covered in flour & asking for help. He finds Cath, a middle-aged cleaner, who reluctantly lets him stay in her son’s empty bedroom. A split-second decision which will change her life forever. Cath becomes increasingly entangled in Adnan’s asylum claim and, as her frustrations rise, so does her desire to take action, until her estranged son Jamie returns home and wants his room back. Determined to give both Jamie and Adnan a home Cath’s house becomes a microcosm of British society, where there isn’t enough to go around, and blame is quickly passed.
Don't Look Away shifts focus away from the government's response to the international refugee crisis to our individual power to make a difference; a powerful, timely production exploring the impact of the UK’s 'hostile environment' on those who witness it.
Playwright Grace Chapman said, “This play is incredibly pertinent to me both on a personal and political level. Having witnessed first-hand the vacuum of support created by the UK’s ‘hostile environment’, I was inspired to tell the story of those individuals, including my family, striving to rectify this.”
NOVAE theatre is the sister company of internationally successful Idle Motion, resident ensemble at the New Diorama Theatre and Artistic Associates at The Lowry and Oxford Playhouse. Previous shows under Idle Motion include Shooting With Light, Borges and I and Voyager. NOVAE theatre launched in 2018 with It’s Not A Sprint at the Edinburgh Fringe (also appearing at Vault festival 2019). They produce female led new work inventive in its form and astonishing in its delivery.
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Running Time: 80mins | Suitable for ages 12 and above
Written by Grace Chapman Directed by Nicholas Pitt
Movement direction by Dan Canham Sound design by Jon Ouin
Set design by James Donnelley Lighting design by Greg Cebula
Produced by Ellie Simpson
Julia Barrie (Cath), Brian Fletcher (Jamie), Robert Hannouch (Adnan)
7 – 18 May Pleasance, London
Carpenters Mews, North Rd, London N7 9EF
8pm Tues-Sat, 6pm Sunday, 3.30pm Sat matinee | £16 (£14 conc)
www.pleasance.co.uk | 020 7609 1800