A passionate and migrant led international co-production exploring the hardships which face women within the British immigration detention system.
This remarkable new play, How to Break Out of a Detention Centre, will be at Riverside Studios in Hammersmith, London, from Tuesday 28th February to Wednesday 8th March.
Catch it if you are in London, tell your friends and networks if you are not. Get in touch with us once you’ve been. Your comments on the play and the issues it raises will be valuable to us and to the theatre company. Here’s the link.
How to Break Out of a Detention Centre follows the lives of four women working in and experiencing detention in the UK. Faiza battles suicidal ideation after miscarrying in detention, Maria is fighting to be reunited with her children, Elena struggles with internalised racism and Kelly wavers between her duty as Detention Custody Officer and her desire to resist. The show looks at the actions of the individual, alongside actions of the state, the role of the detention centre and the staff who work there, the relationships between the women – as mothers, lovers and co-workers, whilst asking the audience to question their role as residents in the UK. Take a leap into the darkness, as the production asks what it takes to build resistance.
“There’s a bird in my blood screaming to be free. Do you understand? Either I fly or I flee.” Faiza