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Red Cross stages free theatre production in Hackney for refugee week

1 June 2011
For further information: Katy Taylor-Gooby
Contact number: 0207 877 7463 / 07921 493560

‘Asylum Monologues’ is at the Arcola Theatre on 26 June, followed by a panel discussion and Q & A session

The British Red Cross is bringing a hard-hitting theatre production about the UK’s asylum system to Hackney to mark refugee week (20 – 26 June). Based on the personal testimonies of people who have sought asylum ‘Asylum Monologues’ explores what it really means to be displaced in the UK. The play will be followed by a panel discussion featuring heads of Red Cross refugee services and Asylum Aid, with Abdul Azizi, Afghan Development Volunteer for the Red Cross.

Asylum Monologues is a production of Iceandfire, a theatre company which explores human rights stories through performance. The London performance is at the Arcola Theatre, 24 Ashwin Street, London E8 3DL on Sunday 26 June from 6 – 8pm. It is free to attend but places should be booked in advance by emailing

Christine Bacon, artistic director of Iceandfire Theatre and co-author of Asylum Monologues, said; “The Asylum Monologues aims to give voice to people whose basic human rights have been denied. We are proud to be working with British Red Cross this year to bring these voices into the public to mark 60 years of the Refugee Convention but also  highlighting the many great projects at British Red Cross who support day to day, those seeking sanctuary in the UK.”

The British Red Cross London Refugee and International Tracing Service of the British Red Cross assists vulnerable refugees, asylum seekers and migrants in times of crisis, with support and advice and linking together families and loved ones. The projects are based in Angel and Dalston Lane, Hackney. For more information please visit


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Notes to editors

1. Iceandfire Theatre explores human rights stories through performance. Their outreach program Actors for Human Rights is a national network of over 500 professional actors and musicians dedicated to drawing public attention to a range of contemporary human rights concerns. For more information please visit iceandfire Theatre

2. The British Red Cross helps people in crisis, whoever and wherever they are. We are part of a global voluntary network, responding to conflicts, natural disasters and individual emergencies.

3. We enable vulnerable people in the UK and abroad to prepare for and withstand emergencies in their own communities. And when the crisis is over, we help them to recover and move on with their lives.

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