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HERE is a powerful new play from award-winning theatre company Curious Monkey and is part of their Arriving project, which saw them collaborating for 18 months with refugees, asylum seekers and migrants from all over the world. Written by Lindsay Rodden, directed by Amy Golding and with a cast including professional actors from refugee backgrounds, it runs at Northern Stage, Newcastle from 4th-12th March.

This play is about finding sanctuary in the unlikeliest of places and to create authentic characters Lindsay Rodden worked closely with more than 80 people who are now settling in the North East and Derby.

Lindsay adds, “As a writer, I was determined not to take a story from anyone. Because stories are so powerful that the Home Office will demand yours from you, question it, doubt it, perhaps use it against you. But stories have been given, and invented, and shared, and that’s how we made HERE. The play is only one part of a huge project, and a growing community writing its own story, reclaiming and harnessing that power in the hope of happy endings. That’s all any of us want, isn’t it?

On 8th and 9th March, Curious Monkey’s Arriving group will perform a curtain raiser at Northern Stage plus there will be post-show talks, including a presentation of Newcastle University research: Refugee Youth in Public Space on 10th March. Professor Peter Hopkins will host the panel discussion, responding to the themes of the show and comparing them to the research. 

Tickets start at £10 and the show will also be available to stream online. To purchase yours head to

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