A play that tells the real-life stories of young asylum seekers aims to a show how a displaced child finds a sense of self and belonging.
Playwright and lead performer Rosemary Harris says she hopes the production will leave individuals with a “sense that they’ve opened their minds, ears, eyes and heart to a powerful true story”.
Map Of Me, set for Half Moon theatre in Limehouse this October, offers a rarely seen personal insight into the current refugee crisis from the point of view of a young girl fleeing war in her homeland as she seeks safety, identity and a place to call home.
Travelling from the African deserts to the UK winter this emotional tale reveals a journey focussing on forced migration, featuring two very different characters who work to find a common ground.
Young people can join discussions about the play on Saturday, October 17 at 3pm and 7pm.
Map of Me, Half Moon, Limehouse, October 12 to October 17, various times, £6, halfmoon.org.uk
Q&A with lead writer and performer, Rosemary Harris
Tell us a little about Map Of Me, what can we expect?
You can expect to be moved, entertained, and taken into a world of real-life experience that is real and rewarding, with a main character who becomes your friend, sharing her story with you.
Tell us a little about the characters.
There are two characters, an immigration officer and a young asylum seeker, who have their assumptions and prejudices about each other challenged, finding a human connection in a tough situation.
What does the title refer to?
The journeys we all go on to get where we are can be read as a map of ourselves, not only of the paths we take but of our identities in how we respond to what happens to us and others.
What would you like people to take with them after seeing the show?
A sense that they’ve opened their minds, ears, eyes and heart to a powerful true story.