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Tue 11 - Thu 13 Oct at 9pm

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Ticket information

£12 / 10 (conc)

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Part of our Autumn 2016 season. Catch Tanja in a double bill with WE – two shows for £16.

Presented by Strawberry Blonde Curls

Locked up. Shipped around. Sold as sex. In the black of night “Tanja” fled to safety on the shores of England. Another asylum seeker now held at Yarl’s Wood Immigration Removal Centre; Britain’s best kept secret. Refuge lies just beyond the barbed wire fence, but at what cost? With immigration issues reaching fever pitch, this is the story of one woman’s bravery in the midst of prejudice and abuse.

This is what she would have said, if only we’d let her…

An impassioned call to arms, a play and a campaign. TANJA is a dramatic two-hander that blends drama, spoken word, physicality, puppetry, sign language and verbatim theatre.

SBC Theatre will host a post-show discussion on Tuesday 11 October, with guests from City of Sanctuary, the Refugee Council and Movement for Justice. They will open up conversations about the play, its themes and a further insight into the asylum seeking system, detention and its social impact. 

Produced by Strawberry Blonde Curls in partnership with City of Sanctury
Performed by Emily  Ntshangase-Wood
Directed by Hannah Butterfield

About the company

SBC Theatre [Rosie MacPherson, Hannah Butterfield & John Tomlinson] are the first ever Theatre Company of Sanctuary, joiningWest Yorkshire Playhouse and the Young Vic as Theatres of Sanctuary.

Emily Ntshangase-Wood will play the lead role in ‘TANJA,’ a former Yarl’s Wood detainee,whose inspiring story and similar stories of those who have been detained are at the heart of it.

‘The principle values of SBC Theatre align with those of their charity partner, City of Sanctuary. During our work on this production and beyond, we want to make work that can have an impact socially and artistically. We are truly thankful to the team of people atCity of Sanctuary and their compassion to support, respect and help for those seeking sanctuary in this country.’


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