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Asylum Monologues: a powerful montage that gives a voice to the voiceless

by Rose Gruber
Issue No. 2057

Asylum Monologues poster

Asylum Monologues poster

The Imperial War Museum in London includes a fascinating map of the world that lights up to show, year by year, which countries have been ravaged by conflict since the Second World War.

The lights flash continually – not a year goes by without some war somewhere, and there are 37 civil wars going on somewhere in the world right now.

But what the map doesn’t show is how these wars have also produced an unceasing flow of asylum seekers throughout the world.

Each conflict leaves thousands of people displaced and fleeing for their lives. All could tell you a personal story of how war has torn apart the fabric of their lives – but most will never get the chance.

Asylum Monologues is a theatre show aimed at redressing this situation and restoring a voice to the voiceless. It played at 12 cities across Britain on Thursday of last week as part of Refugee Week.

The show is a powerful montage of first hand accounts from asylum seekers, facts and figures, and quotes from official sources, spoken by three actors and interspersed with original music.

Actors For Refugees, the company behind the production, was started in Australia by actors appalled at the Australian government’s treatment of asylum seekers. The company’s director Christine Bacon launched the project in Britain last year.

Asylum Monologues: Personal Testimonies of Asylum Seekers in the UK
scripted by Sonja Linden

They are always looking for opportunities to help put on performances of Asylum Monologues. For more details and information send an email to [email protected]

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Tue 26 Jun 2007, 18:38 BST
Issue No. 2057
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