Migrants' Rights Network

‘The Claim’ spins comedy and tragedy out of asylum absurdity

A a theatre project that has previously worked with MRN is touring the UK until the end of January and will be in London next week. The Claim is an imaginative response to the process of seeking refuge in the UK. At times unnerving, at times funny and at others devastating, the play centres on the story of Serge, who quite literally performs his story as part of an asylum application. In this way, the play “asks what happens when your life is at stake and all you have to save it are your words.”

Serge’s conversation with a Home Office interviewer and a translator devolves into “a dizzying onslaught of bureaucracy and prejudice.”

The Claim will be playing in London from January 16-26, with tickets available here. It will then move on to Kent, Glasgow and Northumbria University – dates available here

In addition to its representation, The Claim offers London residents with several opportunities to come to grips with its themes and issues. Designed in collaboration with partner organisations, the following free workshops are open to all: 

Monday 15th January and Monday 22nd January, Understanding the asylum process workshop with Right To Remain, East London (venue TBC)
Using the Right to Remain Toolkit, this workshop is on understanding the asylum and immigration system, the barriers people face in establishing their rights, and practical solidarity with people going through the legal process. They are two different workshops so if you would like to come, please come to both. 
Friday 19th January, Pre-show Q&A with Detention Action, 5.30-6.30pm at Shoreditch Town Hall or Shoreditch Trust Healthy Living Centre (170 Pitfield Street, London, N1 6JP) (venue tbc)
This pre-show Q&A will be lead by migrant organisation Detention Action, with focus on detention and other issues in the asylum process. 
Monday 22nd January, Artists’ Workshop with Counterpoints Arts, 2-4pm at Shoreditch Town Hall
Tom Green (Counterpoints Arts) and David Nuygen (independent theatre maker) will discuss and share aspects of practice when making work with and about refugees, migrants and diverse communities. 
Tuesday 23rd January, Post-Show Discussion, 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. 
Wednesday 24th January, Queen Mary University Law Clinic, 5-6.30pm at Brady Arts Centre (192-196 Hanbury St, London, E1 5JD)

Are you about to have your asylum interview or are supporting someone who is?  Would you like to find out more about the appeals process? Come along to this workshop session to find out more about the asylum process.

This workshop is led by students from Queen Mary University Law Clinic with support from barristers. This session will cover the screening process, the second substantive interview as well as the first tier appeal process. There will be lots of time for questions!

Please note that this session is a workshop on the asylum process and first tier appeals. We will have information about where to access legal advice from commended solicitors and pro-bono institutions.

This session will start at 5.30pm, but you can arrive from 5pm. Travel for asylum seekers will be reimbursed. Please contact rhealewis.creativeprod[email protected] if you have any questions or to reserve your free place

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