“TANJA’ is a new piece from Strawberry Blonde Curls Theatre Company that blends drama, spoken word, physicality, puppetry, sign language and verbatim theatre.
Emily Ntshangase-Wood will play the lead, and she is a former Yarl’s Wood detainee, whose inspiring story and similar stories of those who have been detained are at the heart of the play.
Locked up. Shipped around. Sold as sex. In the black of night ‘Tanja’ fled to safety on the shores of England. Another asylum seeker now held at Yarl’s Wood Immigration Removal Centre; Britain’s best kept secret. Refuge lies just beyond the barbed wire fence, but at what cost? With immigration issues reaching fever pitch, this is the story of one woman’s bravery in the midst of prejudice and abuse. An impassioned call to arms, a play and a campaign.
This production is supported by the Arts Council and the City of Sanctuary movement. Skipton is the third venue on a 7 theatre national tour. Skipton Town Partnership have provided funding to Craven Development Education Centre, a local charity to bring this show to Skipton.
“Working with Strawberry Blonde Curls Theatre Company has been a dream come true for me. I have never been in a performance like this and it has been so exciting and challenging to work with aspiring, talented and determined people who want to make work that is truthful, imaginative and timely. The script and the aim of the project is to show audiences what it is like to go through the asylum system and what happens in an immigration removal centre.” Emily Ntshangase-Wood
The show starts at 7.30pm, and there will be post show discussion.
Tickets are £8 if bought in advance from the shop “From the Source” in Coach St. Skipton or £10 on the door.