Tue 18 February - Sat 7 March 2020

£15 - £22
Date

Tue 18 Feb - Sat 7 Mar

Time

8pm

Tickets

£15 - £22

Running time

70mins

Age guidance

14+

Category

Theatre & Performance

Space

Council Chamber

The Claim returns to Shoreditch Town Hall after a successful run at this year's Edinburgh Fringe Festival at Roundabout Paines Plough.

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?

A bold, imaginative response to the stories of those seeking refuge in the UK, The Claim asks what happens when your life is at stake and all you have to save it are your words.

★★★★ WhatsOnStage
★★★★ Time Out
★★★★ The Telegraph
★★★★ The List

Part of the British Council Edinburgh Showcase 2019

#TheClaimShow

Additional Programming
Credits

Exhibition – I Am Just My Words
Write to Life – Freedom From Torture Creative Group 2017 | Mixed Media | 21mins

This installation features testimonies from members of Write to Life, a Freedom From Torture creative group based in London. Audiences meet Elif, Hasani, Jade, Yami and Anonymous through picking up a pair of headphones and listening to their own stories and experiences of the Home Office’s substantive interview.

The listening posts are based in the Shoreditch Town Hall foyer and free to use.

Workshop: Detention On Trial
Thursday 27 February, 5.30pm - 7pm
A free workshop with Michael Darko, Campaigner and co-Facilitator at Freed Voices/Detention Action, organisations which offer emotional/practical support to those in immigration detention and campaign for detention reform in the UK. The workshop will be a free practical engagement with the UK asylum system for those directly affected and for allies.

Contact joss.nicholas@shoreditchtownhall.com to reserve a space

Post-show: Lost in translation?
Thursday 27 February, after the show, free to all ticket-holders
A panel discussion exploring how to ask the right questions when engaging with migrants and refugees. Panellists will include Michael Darko (Freed Voices / Detention Action) and Nazek Ramadan.

Workshop: Writing what you (don’t) know?
Tuesday 3 March, 5pm - 7pm
Join Tim Cowbury, writer of The Claim, for a practical workshop exploring the politics, ethics and pragmatics of tackling subjects and representing identities far from your own lived experience.

Contact joss.nicholas@shoreditchtownhall.com to reserve a space

Rehearsal Image Photography by Erin Hopkins

Cast
Creatives
Nick Blakeley

A

Tonderai Munyevu

Serge

Indra Ové

B

Writer

Tim Cowbury

Director

Mark Maughan

Set Designer

Emma Bailey

Sound Designer

Lewis Gibson

Lighting Designer

Joshua Pharo

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"A performance designed to provoke and incite change; after all, everyone deserves for their story to be heard"
★★★★

Rehearsal Images (Erin Hopkins)

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