PHOSPHOROS THEATRE present
Pizza Shop Heroes
Written by Dawn Harrison with the Company.
“We’re going to tell you our stories how we want to.
You’re not here to judge if we’re credible or not.
I am not here to make your conscience feel better.
I don’t need you to feel sorry for me.”
Shortlisted for the Amnesty Freedom of Expression Award 2016, this unique emerging company stars four refugee young men who made the arduous journey to the UK on their own as children from Afghanistan, Eritrea and Albania. They have told their ‘stories’ repeatedly to the Home Office as part of seeking asylum and it is their desire to reclaim them that grounds Phosphoros Theatre’s innovative work. From the backdrop of a pizza shop we embark on a journey across time and continents to explore how they got here, where they’re going and what they’ve learnt along the way. It’s a story of male and cultural identity, of family and fatherhood, a lyrical collage of memories, hopes, dreams and imagined realities.
From prisons in Libya and Greece to conversations with absent Mothers to raising the next generation of sons. Powerful, celebratory, affirming, authentic; this is theatre that puts refugees centre stage.
‘An illuminating and innovative presentation of the asylum seekers’ journey. It will change your perception. It will make you understand more. It is a play that should be seen by all.’
North West End
‘A declaration of strength, willpower and whole-hearted embrace of life, engineered by people who have climbed mammoth obstacles to perform it. It’s inspiring, humbling and deeply moving’.
Plinth Arts magazine
Previous praise for Phosphoros:
★★★★ Broadway Baby for Dear Home Office: Still Pending – ‘intimate and subtly
poignant story told by those who rarely get their voices heard’
★★★★ Theatre Bubble for Dear Home Office: Still Pending – ‘excellent theatre of testimony’
★★★★ The Stage for Dear Home Office – ‘a bold piece of theatre making’
★★★★ Three Weeks for Dear Home Office – ‘one of the best examples of art for
Tewodros Aregawe, Goitom Fesshaye, Kate Duffy
Emirjon Hoxhaj, Syed Haleem Najibi
Dawn Harrison with the Company
Dawn Harrison and Pavlos Christodoulou
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