Posted on 24/06/2013
Mazloom, a play based on the true story of a young refugee whose life is torn apart by the prospect of deportation to Afghanistan, and directed by Media Arts’ Sue Clayton, has begun a national tour this week. The short, powerful theatre performance uses film footage to recreate refugees’ long and perilous journey to Europe and the agonising wait for the life-or-death decision on their asylum claim. The play’s national tour was launched to coincide with Young People Seeking Safety Week.
An established feature film screenwriter and director, Sue has become well-known for her work with refugee children and has attended numerous immigration hearings for her research.
She said: “Every year, about 2,000 lone children come to the UK from war zones such as Iraq and Afghanistan. They’ve left behind desperate situations, and arrive with few documents or evidence, but are full of hope and expectation. Mazloom tells the human story of these young refugees and highlights the urgent need to address the rights of children and young people who have fled from war torn countries.”
Sue is also director of the award-winning film Hamedullah: The Road Home and recently gave evidence to the parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights during its inquiry into the treatment of unaccompanied migrant children in the UK. She is currently also leading the Creativity research theme at Royal Holloway.
Tour dates are: Star & Shadow Cinema, Newcastle (25 June); Gulbenkian Theatre, Canterbury (26 June); Embrace Arts, Leicester (28 June); Marlborough Theatre, Brighton (5 July); Glad Café, Glasgow (25-26 September) and the Platforma Festival, Manchester (31 October).
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