Zodwa Nyoni’s monologue, based on interviews with migrants, sets out to reveal some of the human detail of refugees lost amid the media hysteria
News reports often present refugees as a swarming multitude, rather than grasping that each of them has a particular story. Zodwa Nyoni’s monologue, based on interviews with migrants, sets out to reveal some of the human detail lost amid the media hysteria, focusing on the experiences of Ishmael, a gay Zimbabwean seeking sanctuary in Britain.
On a bare stage, with only a suitcase and lightbulb for company in Alex Chisholm’s intimate production, Ishmael is an isolated figure. Waiting to learn if he’ll be granted asylum, he navigates the peculiarities of his new life in Leeds, where people neck pints of beer before lunch and the outfit of choice is a tracksuit. The one real connection he makes is with Bex, a teenage single mother