“This letter says I’m a reference number. I’m an applicant. I’m circumstances. But it doesn’t say that I’m real. It doesn’t say that I exist… It doesn’t say that I’m a person.”
Ishmael has fled from his home in Zimbabwe, where a fresh wave of homophobia threatens his life.
Arriving in the UK he sees the prospect of sanctuary, and of a new life among strangers. But will those strangers accept him?
Written by Zimbabwe-born playwright Zodwa Nyoni, Nine Lives threads together humour and humanity to tell real-life, personal and intimate stories behind the asylum headlines.
Presented by the House Network and Leeds Studios
Post show Q&A
Join performer Lladel Bryan, Paul Dillane of UK Lesbian and Gay Immigration Group and Alice Mukaka from the UEL Centre for Migration, Refugees and Belonging in a free post-show discussion. The panel will explore the themes of the play and the UK asylum process.
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