Promotional image by Sabina Tudor

Promotional image by Sabina Tudor


the first part of our cycle of new protest-theatre plays


Camden People’s Theatre, London, Tuesday 30 April - Thursday 2 May

Slung Low, Leeds, Sunday 5 May (pay what you can on the door) 

Royal Exchange, Manchester, Thursday 9 - Saturday 11 May

The Place, Bedford, Monday 20th May

Applecart Arts, London, Thursday 16 - Saturday 18 May

Northern Stage, Newcastle, Thursday 23 & Friday 24 May

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 Theatre’s cycle of multi-lingual plays denouncing Britain’s dehumanising of people for power and profit from colonial times to today.

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
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

Creative Team:

Director-writers: Sînziana Koenig & Nico Vaccari

Actors: (ensemble tbc) 

Associate Artists: R&D participants A and U

Sound Designer: Dan Balfour

Producer: Claire Gilbert

Image credit: Sabina Tudor


Malia Bouattia, journalist and activist, previous president of National Union of Students

Dr. Monish Bhatia, activist and lecturer in criminology at Birkbeck University

Also consulted:

Dr. Umut Erel, Dr. Freddie Laker, Alexandra Bulat, Dr. Olivia Vicol, Jenny Barrett and Participants A, H and U.



We performed a scene from ILLEGALISED at the People’s Trial of the Home Office and the Hostile Environment Monday the 11th of February in front of the Home Office headquarters at 2 Marsham St in solidarity with the victims of the Home Office and the Stansted15 activists.

Protest cast: Lizzie Clarke, Theo Green

Director-writers: Sînziana Koenig & Nico Vaccari

Producer: Claire Gilbert



The Place Theatre, Bedford, Sunday 27th January 2019 - Private and free reading for the participants whose testimony informed the text.

Camden People’s Theatre, London, Monday 28th January 2019 - Public reading followed by a panel discussion with Malia Bouattia and Alessandra Sciarra (LMRN).

Bookmarks Bookshop, London, Tuesday 29th January 2019 - Public reading followed by a Q&A with the team and Dr. Monish Bhatia