Tuesday 16 - Friday 26 January 2018


Tuesday 16 - Friday 26 January






Theatre & Performance


Large Committee Room


A comically absurd and quietly shattering journey to the heart of our tolerant and fair society.

Serge stands before us. He has a performance to give.

But why is he here? What is he claiming has happened to him? And what has Willy Wonka got to do with it?

The Claim gently invites you into the most British of interviews, then morphs into a dizzying onslaught of bureaucracy and prejudice. A bold, imaginative response to the stories of those seeking refuge in the UK, this play asks what happens when your life is at stake and all you have to save it are your words.

Supported by Shoreditch Town Hall

Additional Programming
Pre-show Q&A with Detention Action: Everything You Wanted To Know About Detention But Were Too Afraid To Ask.

Friday 19 January, 5.30pm - 6.30pm at Shoreditch Trust Healthy Living Centre, 170 Pitfield Street, London, N1 6JP.

Freed Voices are a group of experts-by-experience who have lost over 20 years of their lives to immigration detention in the UK. They are dedicated to speaking out and campaigning for an end to indefinite detention in this country. This participatory workshop is an opportunity to better understand the everyday realities of detention and to explore the reasons why (and means as to how) the current system needs to change, with those who have experienced it first-hand.

Please email rhealewis.creativeproducer@gmail.com to reserve your free place at the session. Travel for asylum seekers will be reimbursed.

Artists' Workshop with Counterpoints Arts

Monday 22 January, 2pm - 4pm at Shoreditch Town Hall
Tom Green (Counterpoints Arts) and will discuss and share aspects of practice when making work with and about refugees, migrants and diverse communities. Click here to book.

Post-Show Discussion

Tuesday 23rd January, 9pm at Shoreditch Town Hall directly after the performance.

Across the tour of The Claim, we've assembled panels that offer a range of experiences and perspectives on the asylum system. Come join this nationwide dialogue straight after the evening's performance.

Queen Mary University Law Clinic

Wednesday 24 January, 5.30pm - 7pm at Brady Arts Centre, Hanbury Street, London, E1 5JD

Are you about to have your asylum interview or are supporting someone who is? Come along to this session to find out more about the process and you can receive free legal advice from Immigration Lawyers.

QMULC students will give short presentation then lots of time for legal consultation with support from solicitors. This session will start at 5.30pm, but please arrive from 5pm. Please contact rhealewis.creativeproducer@gmail.com if you have any questions or to reserve your free place. Travel for asylum seekers will be reimbursed.

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