The Refugee and I (working title)

The Refugee and I (current working title) has been through a few working titles
(including I, Refugee and F**king Foreigners)

Like with many newborns….we’re looking forward to alighting on the title that suits it best.

The Refugee and I (working title)
by Jonathan Brown

 

All stills thanks to Daniel Stevens

 

 

with

Adam Sabatti         Cathy Conneff         Rasfan Haval         Natali Servat         Jonathan Brown

“If I had a bowl of Skittles and I told you just three would kill you….”

Meet Saif, refugee & doctor, travelling to Europe, with Amira, baby Mahdi, and friend Hussan. When their boat capsizes, they’re brought to Greece.

Meet Micky, volunteer on the same Greek beach, welcoming refugees with open arms.

Meet Paul. Editor of Britain’s most xenophobic & anti-EU tabloid looking to dish dirt on refugees, and help swing the pending EU referendum.

But 2 weeks of direct personal contact with heartbreaking stories leave Micky, a seeming Mother Theresa, disillusioned.

Now as she helps Saif to cross Europe, & into the UK, both are painfully slow to realise that the other is not what they appear.

Has the agent of a paper whose mission is to divide a continent and swing the referendum finally found their scoop?

Will the last explosively ambitious scenes prove that refugees are a bowl of dangerous Skittles,
or  help them regain their humanity, avert more suffering, and bring the truth home?

 

Showcase feedback:

“… really great, thank you so much.
The story was really compelling, Saif and Hussan’s characters were especially strong, their performances felt very human. Hussan’s monologue upon meeting Saif was excellent.
Use of scenery was great, particularly the scaffold , this was effectively transformed for each scene.
The interchanges between interview room and the story… drew the audience in well.
…an amazing achievement after only two days of rehearsing. Honestly I would have guessed you had been working on it for far longer. I would love to come and see the show again, I’m excited to see where you take it from here.
Congratulations again to the whole company.” Nicci James, Bracknell.

“I just returned from South Hill Park and felt the need to email. The acting was superb, astounding to hear such little rehearsal time. Saif was brilliant, believeable and so moving. I am blown away at the perfect performances given.
The effort from the actors just astounds me. Just a big thank you!” Sara

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A big thank you to all our Crowdfunder contributors Julie Yates, Dave Molz​, Peter Smith​, David Mowat,
Andrew Miller,​ Philip Ayckbourn, Amanda Bolt,  Bridget Walker, Lisa Blundell, Claire Dalkin, Saoirse Callanan and Anonymous.  THANK YOU ALL

Meanwhile….

Makers Unite
convert refugee enthusiasm and discarded life jackets into… products. They’ve donated to us (for our “F*cking Foreigners” Showcase) 5 life jackets and we’re very (very) grateful!
THANKS Makers Unite.
http://makersunite.eu

 

Thanks to all involved in our Rehearsed reading of the play
18th November 2016,
Lewes.

Namely…

Lucas Augustine, Amanda Bolt, Tom Bonham, Jonathan Brown,
Kristina Howell, Fabio Leone, and support from David Stephens, Anna Hawkes,

With additional thanks to:

Script feedback: Philip Ayckbourn / Annika Brown
Expert on migration lore, Michael Loader
Funding advice Kata Gyongyosi
Prospective Additional direction: Britt Forsberg
All at Pitch Up, Ovalhouse, 2nd March 2017
Input regarding fundraising for refugees: The Refugee Council
Input regarding fundraising for refugees: The Red Cross