Refugee Boy archiveAlem and his father are in a B&B in Datchet. Alem has lived in Ethiopia and Eritrea but this is his best holiday ever. But in the morning Alem's father is gone, a note explains that his parents didn't want him to risk his life in the war at home. So they have left him in the UK. A refugee. From care home, to foster home, from school to court, Alem's journey makes him reach inside himself to find courage to go on and strength to speak out.


Author: Benjamin Zephaniah
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Archive listings for Refugee Boy

Work type: Play.


Presented byChickenshed. Adapted by Lemn Sissay. Director Jelena Budimir.
19 Apr 17 to 13 May 17ChickenShed, Outer London :: V349
listing details L817542797


Recommended age: 10+. Running time: 90minsProducer West Yorkshire Playhouse. Adapted by Lemn Sissay. Director Gail McIntyre. Director Natasha Betteridge (associate director). Design Emma Williams. Lighting Malcolm Rippeth. Sound Jonnie Khan. Design Mic Pool (projection). Director Lucy Hind (movement). DramaturgBen Jancovich. Director Kay Magson (casting). Performer Fisayo Akinade (Alem). Performer Rachel Caffrey. Performer Andrew French. Performer Dominic Gately. Performer Becky Hindley. Performer Dwayne Scantlebury.
8 Apr 14 to 12 Apr 14Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Birmingham :: V143
listing details L1807456816
1 Apr 14 to 3 Apr 14Waterside Arts Centre, Sale :: V0383692381
listing details L01969096597
28 Mar 14 to 29 Mar 14Playhouse, Nottingham :: V457
listing details L1743648338
25 Mar 14 to 26 Mar 14The Playhouse, Oxford :: V803
listing details L0394196376
18 Mar 14 to 22 Mar 14Northern Stage, Newcastle upon Tyne :: V568
listing details L0457982791
12 Mar 14 to 15 Mar 14Citizens Theatre, Glasgow :: V611
listing details L322326788
4 Mar 14 to 8 Mar 14New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich :: V81
listing details L545328939
27 Feb 14 to 1 Mar 14Hull Truck Theatre, Hull :: V935
listing details L01727085940
11 Feb 14 to 13 Feb 14Southbank Centre, West End :: V423
listing details L0299801565
6 Feb 14 to 8 Feb 14Leeds Playhouse (formerly West Yorkshire Playhouse), Leeds :: V977
listing details L365688472
9 Mar 13 to 30 Mar 13Leeds Playhouse (formerly West Yorkshire Playhouse), Leeds :: V977
listing details L1610257814


Benjamin Zephaniah's inspiring and moving story has been loved by readers young and old since it came out. Now for the first time it reaches the stage in a new adaptation by award winning poet, playwright and performer Lemn Sissay.Adapted by Lemn Sissay. Director Gail McIntyre.
31 May 12Leeds Playhouse (formerly West Yorkshire Playhouse), Leeds :: V977
listing details L01446682662

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