Tue 18 February - Sat 7 March 2020


Tue 18 Feb - Sat 7 Mar




£15 - £18

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Theatre & Performance


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

Offies nominations:
Performance Ensemble: Tonderai Munyevu, Nick Blakeley, Indra Ove
Lighting Design: Joshua Pharo


Additional Programming

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 in engaging with migrant and refugee experience. The panel will include Michael Darko (Freed Voices / Detention Action), Tanya (a Freedom From Torture client) and The Claim cast member Tonderai Munyevu. The chair will be Dorrie Chetty, an independent academic concerned with migrant identities and social inclusion.

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

Post-show Q&A: Asylum Interview - Stories from the Frontline
Thursday 5 March, after the show, free to all ticket-holders
A panel discussion exploring the experiences of the UK asylum system by survivors of torture. Panellists to include Tracy and Elif, members of Freedom From Torture's Write to Life group, and Mark Maughan, director of The Claim. The evening will be chaired by Steve Crawshaw, Director of Policy and Advocacy at Freedom from Torture, and will include readings of first-hand accounts of the substantive interview.

Nick Blakeley


Tonderai Munyevu


Indra Ové



Tim Cowbury


Mark Maughan

Set Designer

Emma Bailey

Sound Designer

Lewis Gibson

Lighting Designer

Joshua Pharo

Rehearsal Image Photography by Erin Hopkins

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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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