Different pasts, shared future – Refugee Week 2018

Event overview

“We are both similar and different, but we will thrive together”

The Centre for Trauma, Asylum and Refugees (University of Essex), The Tavistock Clinic, UNHCR and the Refugee Council invite you to a special event to mark Refugee Week 2018.

Refugee week 2018 - different pasts, shared future

Entrance is free and open to all. Come and join our discussion! Light refreshments provided.

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Discussion with panel members

  • Andrew Leak (UNHCR)
  • David Amias (Tavistock Centre)
  • Angelina Jalonen (The Refugee Council)
  • Zibiah Alfred Loakthar (CTAR)

Asylum Monologues

We are delighted to welcome Actors for Human Rights Network, iceandfire who will share a special performance of Asylum Monologues.

Asylum Monologues is a first-hand account of the UK’s asylum system in the words of people who have experienced it performed by Actors for Human Rights.

“This waiting for the Home Office to decide – me, I always say that it is a diplomatic form of torture. They are not raping us, they are not burning us with cigarettes, they are not hitting us with guns, but they are torturing us mentally, and that’s the worst. Because – my scars, they heal. It was painful but if I touch them now, I feel no pain. But the torture that is mental – this is constant…”

‘It really brought home just how easy it is to demonise asylum seekers and just how ignorant a lot of people are about the issues, including myself.’ – AUDIENCE MEMBER, OXFORD

‘Thank you so much for the contribution of you and your colleagues on Friday. The feedback was good to very good (the highest rating) and was one of the best received events we have put on.’ – NIC BUNKER, DIVISION OF CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY

‘This was not what I expected. I was expecting some kind of inauthentic moralising verbatim theatre experience. The acting (in Asylum Monologues) was delicate, minimal, allowing the words to speak for themselves. Although we know it must go on, it’s still shocking to hear the first-hand accounts of people devoured by the heartless machine of bureaucracy. This was brave, honest, close to the bone.’ – OXFORD THEATRE REVIEW

The Tavistock Centre, London
21 June 2018 18:30 to 21:30
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