London based theatre company Phosphoros Theatre makes political performance starring refugee and asylum-seeking actors. Using autobiographical performance to shine a light on important untold stories, their work is collaborative, stripped back and rooted in a desire to offer alternative perspectives, bringing the unseen into the light.
The company are currently touring with production ‘Pizza Shop Heroes’ with two London performances coming up at the Greenwich and Lewisham Young People’s Theatre and Tara Arts Theatre, ahead of a busy schedule leading up to Fringe in August.
‘”We’re going to tell you our stories how WE want to.
You’re not here to judge if we’re credible or not.
I am not here to make your conscience feel better.
I don’t need you to feel sorry for me”.
Four young men working your average shift in your average pizza shop take us on a journey across time and continents to show how extraordinary they are. From leaving their homelands of Eritrea, Albania and Afghanistan to seek asylum as children, they explore how they got here, where they’re going and what they’ve learnt along the way.
It’s an autobiographical story of male and cultural identity, of migration stories shaped by Europe’s colonial past, of family and fatherhood. Using the company’s trademark warmth and wit, these lived-experience actors share the stage with a refugee caseworker to perform a lyrical collage of memories, hopes, dreams and imagined realities. From prisons in Libya and Greece to conversations with absent Mothers to raising the next generation of sons’.
Written by Dawn Harrison with the company, the production is directed by Dawn Harrison and Pavlos Christodoulou and produced by Juliet Styles, ‘Pizza Shop Heroes’ stars Tewodros Aregawe, Kate Duffy, Goitom Fesshaye, Emirjon Hoxhaj and Syed Haleem Najibi.
Shortlisted for the Amnesty Freedom of Expression Award 2016, the production continues to acquire great acclaim, providing a powerful insight into the modern asylum system in Great Britain, highlighting the perils of migration endured by those who risk everything in hope of a new and better life.
“Pizza Shop Heroes is an illuminating and innovative presentation of the asylum seekers’ journey. It will change your perception. It will make you understand more. It is a play that should be seen by all” (North West End Review).
“Pizza Shop Heroes is a declaration of strength, willpower and the whole-hearted embrace of life, engineered by people who have climbed mammoth obstacles to perform it. It’s inspiring, humbling and deeply moving” (Plinth UK).
‘Powerful, celebratory, affirming, authentic; this is theatre that puts refugees centre stage’.
Greenwich and Lewisham Young People’s Theatre, 21st June – BUY TICKETS
Tara Arts Theatre, London, 4th – 5th July – BUY TICKETS