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The Bogus Woman: A refugee's pain

by Orhan Tsolak
Issue No. 1736

The play The Bogus Woman, written by Kay Adshead and solo performed by Norma Dumezweni, is an extremely powerful and moving political drama. It takes you on a painful journey through the state of the asylum system under New Labour.

It captivates you from the beginning, shocking you again and again. The play tells the story of a young refugee woman escaping brutal persecution and coming to Britain to seek asylum. Despite this no immigration officer will believe her.

She is put into Campsfield Detention Centre where she witnesses the brutality, the scapegoating and the lies of the authorities. She later tastes freedom for a short time before her terrible suffering continues.

This is a play that all the politicians and newspaper editors who viciously attack refugees should be made to watch. Kay Adshead's play shows there is no better time to argue for Britain's racist immigration rules to be abandoned once and for all. It is a must see for socialists.

The Bogus Woman by Kay Adshead is showing at the Bush Theatre, London, until 3 March. After that it will be touring Britain. There will be a discussion after the performance on 26 February. Phone 020 7610 4224 for more information.

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Sat 24 Feb 2001, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1736
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