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THE CLAIM

By tim cowbury

directed by Mark Maughan

"A masterclass in the pitfalls of language, a taut, funny but ultimately massively unsettling piece of work which is a stark and vital reminder of interpretation, viewpoint and how our black and white systems don't make enough room for vulnerable people."
What's On Stage ★★★★

"A bold interrogation of the UK's Kafka-esque asylum system"
Time Out ★★★★

 

 

About

 
 

A comically absurd and quietly shattering journey to the heart of our tolerant and fair society. Serge stands before us. He has a performance to give. But why is he here? What is he claiming has happened to him? And what has Willy Wonka got to do with it?

A bold, imaginative response to the stories of those seeking refuge in the UK, The Claim asks what happens when your life is at stake and all you have to save it are your words.

The Claim is touring the UK from November 2017 to January 2018.

TRAILER

 

TOUR DATES

Sheffield Crucible Studio

22–23 Nov 2017, 7.45pm
0114 249 6000
sheffieldtheatres.co.uk

The Bike Shed, Exeter

28 Nov–2 Dec 2017, 7.30pm
01392 434169
bikeshed.co.uk

Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester

10–13 Jan 2018, 7.30pm
0161 833 9833
royalexchange.co.uk

Shoreditch Town Hall

16–26 Jan 2018, 7.45pm
020 7739 6176
shoreditchtownhall.com

Gulbenkian, Kent

29 Jan 2018, 7pm
01227 769075
thegulbenkian.co.uk

Platform, Glasgow

31 Jan 2018, 7pm
0141 276 9696
platform-online.co.uk 

NoRTHUMBRIA UNIVERSITY

2 Feb 2018, 6.30pm
store.nuthumbria.ac.uk

 

CREATIVE TEAM

Writer: Tim Cowbury
Director: Mark Maughan
Casting Director: Sophie Parrott CDG
Set Designer: Emma Bailey
Sound Designer: Lewis Gibson
Lighting Designer: Joshua Pharo
Producer: Luke Emery
Engagement Producer: Rhea Lewis
Marketing Manager: Matthew Austin
Production Manager: Louise Gregory
Stage Manager: Fana Sunley-Smith
Serge: Ncuti Gatwa
B: Yusra Warsama
A: Nick Blakeley
Assistant Director: Natasha Hyman
Assistant Designer: Natalie Parsons 

 

TAKE PART

Would you like to find out more about the issues and themes The Claim explores? Join our spaces for learning, reflection and action: with free workshops, creative sessions, discussions, and more all co-designed with leading migrant organisations.

Take a look at what you can get involved in near you! 

All of the workshops and sessions are free. If you have any questions, including access requirements or would like to reserve a space for yourself or your group then please contact our Engagement Producer Rhea Lewis here


across each venue

 

The Claim -Exit Leaflet

10 things you can do to make a difference


Sheffield Crucible Studio

Right to Remain workshop: 22nd Nov, 5.30-7pm, at Union St (Union St, 18-20 Union Street, Sheffield, S1 2JP)

"I don't feel freedom": problems in the asylum interview and how to prepare for them. 

This workshop is for people wanting to know more about the asylum interview, the problems people face, and how to help people through the experience.

Post Show Discussion: 23rd Nov, 9pm

With Tim Cowbury (writer), Mark Maughan (director), Sam Holland (Migration Matters), more to be announced soon.


The Bike Shed, Exeter

Artist Workshop: Wed 29th Nov, 3-5pm at The Phoenix Centre

In conversation with Mark Maughan

The Claim is a play which explores issues on those seeking Refuge in the UK. Using much first hand research into the refugee experience in the UK, Mark Maughan (the director) and Tim Cowbury (the writer)  spent two years researching and developing the show by spending time at immigration courts, working closely with asylum seekers and refugees and working with representatives from migrant organisations. Key organisations the team have worked with include: Freedom From Torture, GRAMNet, Counterpoints Arts, Right to Remain, Ice and Fire and Queen Mary Legal Advice Centre.  Join Mark to hear more about The Claim’s development process, on making issue based work, as well as having an ethical practice when working with/ making work about marginalised communities.

Post-Show Discussion: Wed 29th Nov


ARTIST WORKSHOP: SAT 6TH, 2-4PM AT MANCHESTER ROYAL EXCHANGE THEATRE STUDIO

Making Issue Based Work with Mark Maughan

The Claim is a play that looks at the process those seeking refuge in the UK must go through. Mark Maughan (the director) and Tim Cowbury (the writer) spent two years researching the asylum and refugee experience in the UK by spending time at immigration courts, working closely with asylum seekers and refugees, and with representatives from migrant organisations, amongst others. Key organisations the team have worked with include: Freedom From Torture, GRAMNet, Counterpoints Arts, Right to Remain, Ice and Fire and Queen Mary Legal Advice Centre.

Join Mark to hear more about The Claim’s development process, on making issue based work, as well as having an ethical practice when working with or about marginalised communities. Anyone can attend, from those with a general interest in artistic process or the themes the play explores, to those are considering making / in the process of making / have made work of a similar nature: the workshop will be informal and informative and run by conversation, taking The Claim as its point of departure.

Anyone can attend, from those with a general interest in artistic process or the themes the play explores, to those are considering making / in the process of making / have made work of a similar nature: the workshop will be informal and informative and run by conversation, taking The Claim as its point of departure. To book your place on this free workshop, please contact Grace via Grace.Ng-Ralph@royalexchange.co.uk 

 

Right to Remain workshop: 9th January, 2-4pm, Royal Exchange Theatre (front room)

"I am just my words": problems in the asylum process and how to overcome them.  

This free workshop is for people wanting to know more about the asylum process in the UK, the problems people face, and how to help people through the experience. This workshop (in English) is suitable for those who are in the process of seeking asylum as well as for their friends and supporters. To book your place on this free workshop, please contact Rhea via rhealewis.creativeproducer@gmail.com

Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester


right to remain workshops: 15th & 22nd Jan, 6.30-9pm, east london

Understanding the asylum process.

Using the Right to Remain Toolkit, this workshop is on understanding the asylum and immigration system, the barriers people face in establishing their rights, and practical solidarity with people going through the legal process.

They will be on 6:30-9pm on Monday 15 January; with a follow-up workshop on 22 January (6:30-9pm). They are two different workshops so if you would like to come, please come to both. Venue and further details given once you've booked your place. If you would like to attend, please email lisa@righttoremain.org.uk 

 

PRE-SHOW Q&A WITH FREED Voices (detention action): 19TH JAN, 5.30-6.30PM, Green room at SHOREDITCH TRUST HEALTHY LIVING CENTRE ( 170 Pitfield Street London N1 6JP )

'Everything You Wanted To Know About Detention But Were Too Afraid To Ask'

Freed Voices are a group of experts-by-experience who have lost over 20 years of their lives to immigration detention in the UK. They are dedicated to speaking out and campaigning for an end to indefinite detention in this country. This participatory workshop is an opportunity to better understand the everyday realities of detention and to explore the reasons why (and means as to how) the current system needs to change, with those who have experienced it first-hand.  

Please email rhealewis.creativeproducer@gmail.com to reserve your free place at the session. Travel for asylum seekers will be reimbursed.

 

Artist Workshop with Counterpoint Arts: 22nd Jan, 2-4pm, Shoreditch Town Hall

Join Tom Green (Counterpoint Arts) to discuss and share aspects of practice when making work with and about refugees, migrants and diverse communities.

Tom Green will lead a session on the creation of artistic manifestos. What values, principles and aspirations drive your work? With an overview of the extensive research and development that underpins several recent theatre projects, including The Claim, and reflections on work to develop a manifesto for the Platforma arts & refugees network, this session will invite attendees to reflect on their own practice and develop their own personal manifesto.

Click here to book your free place on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/artist-workshop-with-counterpoint-arts-tickets-42199012382

 

Post-Show Discussion: 23rd jan, 9pm

 

Queen Mary University Law Clinic: 24th jan, 5.30-7pm, in Side Hall at the Brady arts centre (192-196 Hanbury st, london, e1 5jd)

 Are you about to have your asylum interview or are supporting some-one who is?  Would you like to find out more about the appeals process? Come along to this workshop session to find out more about the asylum process.

This workshop is led by students from Queen Mary University Law Clinic with support from barristers. This session will cover the screening process, the second substantive interview as well as the first tier appeal process. There will be lots of time for questions!

Please note that this session is a workshop on the asylum process and first tier appeals. We will have information about where to access legal advice from commended solicitors and pro-bono institutions.

This session will start at 5.30pm, but you can arrive from 5pm. Travel for asylum seekers will be reimbursed.

 Please contact rhealewis.creativeproducer@gmail.com if you have any questions or to reserve your free place. 

Shoreditch Town Hall,

London


Artist Workshop with Counterpoint Arts: 29th Jan, 10am-12pm

Join Tom Green (Counterpoint Arts) and Mark Maughan (The Claim director) to discuss and share aspects of practice when making work with and about refugees, migrants and diverse communities.

Please email Neelam Saredia N.Saredia@kent.ac.uk to reserve your place on this workshop or for more information.

 

Post-show Discussion: 29th Jan, 8.15pm

Gulbenkian, University of Kent


Right to Remain Workshop: 27th Jan, 5-7pm, at WOLFSON MEDICAL BUILDING (GANNOCHY -SEMINAR ROOM 3, WOLFSON MEDICAL BUILDING, UNIVERSITY OF GLASGOW, UNIVERSITY AVENUE, G12 8 QQ)

"I don't feel freedom": problems in the asylum interview and how to prepare for them. 

This free workshop is for people wanting to know more about the asylum process in the UK, with focus on asylum interview preparation.  This workshop (in English) is suitable for those who are in the process of seeking asylum as well as for their friends and supporters, or interested members of the general public. 

REGISTRATION ESSENTIAL – please email Rhea to confirm your place (rhealewis.creativeproducer@gmail.com).  Travel costs may be reimbursed, please enquire with Rhea when making your booking.

 

Post-show Discussion: 31st Jan, 8.15pm

Platform, Glasgow

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you for coming to see and for taking part in The Claim!

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partners

Counterpoint Arts

Counterpoints Arts is a leading national organisation in the field of arts, migration and social change. Their mission is to support and produce the arts by and about migrants and refugees, seeking to ensure that their contributions are recognised and welcomed within British arts, history and culture. Central to that mission is belief in the ability of the arts to inspire social change and enhance inclusion & cultural integration of refugees & migrants. They work across all art forms and collaborate with a range of people and partners: artists, arts/cultural and educational organisations and civil society activists. They manage the Platforma network and Refugee Week.

Freedom From Torture

Freedom From Torture is a national charity with a vision of a world free from torture. Its centres across the UK provide therapeutic support and expert medical assessments to support survivors’ asylum claims, and uses its expertise and evidence to protect and promote survivors’ rights and hold torturers to account. 

Its projects include Write to Life, the world's first creative writing group for  survivors of torture. In the past 15 years, group members have written for online and print publications and developed and performed live theatre, music and film projects.

Right to remain

Right To Remain is a UK-based human rights organization. They work with communities, groups and organisations across the UK, providing information, resources, training and assistance to help people to establish their right to remain and to challenge injustice in the immigration and asylum system. 

Queen Mary legal advice centre

Queen Mary Legal Advice Centre (QMLAC) provide free legal advice to members of the public, staff and students at Queen Mary University of London. They act as a first-tier advice agency: providing preliminary advice on the strength of the client’s case, the processes that need to be followed, and an explanation of complex legal issues. Clients come to the advice centre from a wide variety of backgrounds and present a wide range of legal issues.

The award-winning Legal Advice Centre was opened by its Patron, Lord Goldsmith, in 2006. Since it’s opening, the Centre has advised over 1481 clients.

Glasgow refugee asylum migration network -gramnet

GRAMNet aims to bring together researchers and practitioners, NGOs and policy makers working with migrants, refugees and asylum seekers. The network is currently funded by The University of Glasgow, whose academic community has a wide range of expertise in relation to these areas. The City of Glasgow is host to the largest population of refugees and asylum seekers under the dispersal policy as well as having a history of hosting large communities of migrants.

The organisation is an internationally recognised research network that encourages interdisciplinary work.

 

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LISTEN

I Am Just My Words

Meet Elif, Hasani, Jade, Yami and Anonymous. Listen to their own stories and experiences of the Home Office’s substantive interview.

These testimonies are part of an installation which features members from Write to Life, who are a Freedom From Torture creative group based in London. Write to Life have worked Tim Cowbury (writer) and Mark Maughan (director) of The Claim.

“I am just my words” is a line from The Claim’s protagonist Serge.


About Freedom From Torture

Since its foundation in 1985, Freedom from Torture has been the UK’s only human rights charity dedicated to the treatment and rehabilitation of torture survivors. It offers psychological and physical therapies, creative projects, forensic documentation of torture and practical assistance to survivors seeking refuge in the UK, and campaigns for their rights in the UK and internationally.
www.freedomfromtorture.org