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Theatre is a powerful platform for grassroots activism. That’s the belief underpinning socially driven BÉZNĂ Theatre, a British-Romanian activist intersectional theatre collective dedicated to challenging inequality, promoting empathy, empowering audiences and inspiring change. Illegalised is an international, multi-lingual production of a new political text exposing the dehumanising effects of the British State’s anti-immigration policies on migrants and those seeking asylum in the UK. Ruthlessly investigating the Immigration Industrial Complex and the vast profit made by the Home Office and its corporate partners from the illegalisation of human beings, the production comes to Northern Stage on Thursday 23rd-Friday 24th May.

In close collaboration with activists and experts as part of the research and creation process, Illegalised is a direct response to MY NAME IS OTHER, a fully-funded research and development period investigating othering, structural racism in the UK and Britain’s violent colonial past. The participants in this process came from four continents, 29 countries and all economic backgrounds, most having fled poverty or political unrest provoked by British and European colonial rule or armed by British security firms.

Due to be performed throughout Romania and the UK, Illegalised is the first in BÉZNĂ Theatre’s cycle of multi-lingual plays denouncing Britain’s dehumanising of people for power and profit from colonial times to today, and is certain to be powerful and thought-provoking.

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