Director-writers: Sînziana Koenig & Nico Vaccari
Actors: (ensemble tbc)
Associate Artists: R&D participants A and U
Sound Designer: Dan Balfour
Producer: Claire Gilbert
Malia Bouattia, journalist and activist, previous president of National Union of Students
Dr. Monish Bhatia, activist and lecturer in criminology at Birkbeck University
Dr. Umut Erel, Dr. Freddie Laker, Alexandra Bulat, Dr. Olivia Vicol, Jenny Barrett and Participant H
the first part of our cycle of new protest-theatre plays
UPCOMING IN SPRING 2019
"Well I would like to ask the British what visa they had when they ruled us for 150 years?”
- S, interviewed in September 2018, London
ILLEGALISED is an international, multi-lingual production and world premiere of a new political text exposing the dehumanising effects of the British State’s anti-immigration policies on migrants and those seeking asylum in the UK. ILLEGALISED ruthlessly investigates the ‘Immigration Industrial Complex’ and the vast profit made by the Home Office and its corporate partners from the illegalisation of human beings.
ILLEGALISED is a direct response to MY NAME IS OTHER, a fully-funded research and development period in London, Bedford, Daventry and Sheffield investigating ‘othering’, structural racism in the UK and Britain’s violent colonial past. The text for ILLEGALISED is a response to the material gathered while interviewing 34 migrants, refugees and those seeking asylum as well as activists and academics in the field of racism, state violence and colonialism. The participants we spoke to came from 4 continents, 29 countries and all economic backgrounds, most having fled poverty or political unrest provoked by British and European colonial rule or armed by British security firms.
ILLEGALISED is the first in BÉZNĂ’s cycle of multi-lingual plays denouncing Britain’s dehumanising of people for power and profit from colonial times to today.
"It’s even worse [than colonial times] because this one is done through paperwork (…) but where these laws are being made you can’t accuse anybody, you will accuse just a big office, Home Office…"
- NN, interviewed in November 2018, London
Northern Stage, champions ambitious and adventurous creativity in Newcastle
Theatre Deli, arts charity changing people’s views about their creative potential
Camden People’s Theatre, London venue committed to unconventional theatre
Bookmarks, largest socialist bookshop in the UK
LMRN, Lewisham Migrant and Refugee Network
AFRIL, Action for Refugees in Lewisham
Romanian Cultural Institute
Applecart Arts Theatre, community based theatre in Plaistow, London.
Work Rights Centre, charity helping migrants exit precarious work